Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has singled out rejuvenated midfielder Scott Arfield for praise as he reflected on the form of his side amid a spate of injuries.
The Ibrox side have been rocked by a range of injuries to key first-team stars with Arfield, Steven Davis and Glen Kamara all starting the last three games in midfield.
Whilst Gerrard admitted that he was “proud” of all those squad players who’ve stood up and answered the call during the mini-injury crisis, Arfield was the name he wanted to talk up the most.
Admitting that the Canadian international captain wasn’t at the forefront of his first-team plans at the start of the season, he believes that Scotty Arf has set an example to everyone else on the fringes of the squad.
“I’m proud of the whole squad,” said Gerrard [RangersTV].
“We have had injuries to big players but the players haven’t looked for any kind of excuse.
“People have stepped forward, people have stepped up, showed major character and delivered some fantastic performances.
“We see Cedric Itten come to the party in terms of goals, Jordan Jones put a fantastic performance in, but I think the main player I have to mention is Scott Arfield.
“At the beginning of the season he wasn’t picked as a starter but at no given moment did he drop his attitude or his standards.
“He took it as a challenge, he trained harder, he trained better.
“His opportunity came and he’s arguably been our most consistent player over the last run of games.
“He’s sent a clear message to anyone else that’s on the fringe – a lot of players speak in the press but Scott done his talking on the training pitch and the pitch which is fantastic for me.”
Scott Arfield has been a key player for Rangers in the last few matches with the timing of his movement and runs from midfield causing huge disruption to the opposition.
Arfield, 31, is a hard-working player but his movement between the midfield and opposition defence is incredibly intelligent and when he’s on his game he can be the club’s main transitional outlet.
The midfielder also knows where the back of the net is and has fully established himself back into the Rangers squad, which is to his immense credit.