The superb under-the-radar international call from Ibrox star that could really benefit Rangers
Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

The superb under-the-radar international call from Ibrox star that could really benefit Rangers

An under-the-radar international call made by Scott Arfield this summer could really benefit Rangers during the upcoming season.

Arfield was one of the first new signings in the door at Ibrox after Steven Gerrard’s arrival at the club in 2018 and he’s been a strong performer ever since.

Arfield celebrates netting against Hamilton at Ibrox in November 2020. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In three seasons, he’s racked up 140 appearances, 28 goals and 18 assists.

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He’s played in midfield as well as in a more advanced right-sided role and supporters know every time he takes to the pitch he’ll give maximum effort.

During the first half of last season, he was in the best form of his Rangers career, scoring important European goals against Galatasaray, Benfica and Standard Liege, and also putting in strong performances in the Premiership.

At the time, Steven Gerrard identified his lack of recent international football as a key factor [RangersTV] and Arfield has opted against turning out for Canada at the CONCACAF Gold Cup this summer.

The tournament may not be as prestigious as the Euros or the Copa America, but it’s a big deal for the nations involved and Arfield skippered the Canucks in the 2019 edition.

However, when they played their first group stage fixture on Sunday against Martinique in Kansas, Arfield wasn’t present.

He hasn’t featured for the Gers in pre-season yet either, but he’s been snapped in training and perhaps the physios are just being extra cautious given his struggles with various injuries during the second half of last season.

The 32-year-old won’t have many more opportunities to play in international tournaments but it’s clear that he’s put Rangers first again here.

Arfield turned down an international call from Canada for the Gold Cup to prioritise Rangers. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

It’s a major boost for Gerrard that he should have a fresh and fit Arfield available by the time competitive action arrives, rather than a player who’s jaded after an intense summer in terms of playing time and travel.

Gers fans will hope to see the former Burnley star back in the matchday squad for Saturday’s friendly against Arsenal, though, as he will need some minutes under his belt if he’s to be ready for the Premiership title defence and the Champions League qualifiers.

Meanwhile, fans of a Championship club are expecting an announcement regarding a winger who has also been absent from Rangers’ early pre-season matches.


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