Glasgow Rangers finished last season in fantastic form, beating Hearts, Hibs, Aberdeen and Celtic consecutively after the split of the top six teams.

In the last game, Steven Gerrard decided to give Scott Arfield and Nikola Katic time off, due to international duties with Canada and Croatia in June.

He made five changes in total against Kilmarnock in the last game of the season, as Rangers had already qualified for Europe as runners-up.

Since then, the Gers have brought in some talented players to add competition in defence, midfield and on the wings.

Filip Helander, George Edmundson, Joe Aribo, Jordan Jones, Sheyi Ojo, Jake Hastie and Greg Stewart will give Gerrard more options in his Rangers starting XI.

Despite the arrival of new players, one possibly under-rated mainstay from last season remains a critical figure at Ibrox.

Scott Arfield grew in stature at 2018-19 progressed, with the versatile midfielder playing 46 games, scoring 12 goals with seven assists. 

Alfredo Morelos was suspended and the Canada international was asked to play in a more advanced role. It proved to be a sensational success for him and the team.

After the split, Arfield and Jermain Defoe formed a lethal scoring duo, as he was making lung-bursting runs from midfield to support his striker, and it worked brilliantly.

The ex-Burnley man is now a mainstay of the team.

Gerrard has brought versatile players with various styles, who can perform and provide depth to the team, which adds more tactical options.

It will be very interesting to see what Gerrard’s settled team is over the coming months. It has become difficult to pick the best XI.

But, however they line up, Arfield will be at the heart of it.

Given his international exploits over the summer, Rangers boss Gerrard has admitted that Arfield will be given more time to get up to speed.

“Scott Arfield is only probably on day five or six of pre-season, so he is one we will integrate a little bit slower because we want to be careful with Scott,” the Daily Record report the Gers boss as saying.

“We want him to be available for hopefully what is going to be a 60 games season.

“It’s important the fans understand that Scott is three weeks behind the team.”

“We believe the quality is in the dressing room and now it is over to them. We’ll keep pushing them.

“For me, the important thing watching Rangers from afar, before I came in, was that I didn’t see that hunger and that intensity out of possession.

“We are hunting the ball back in packs, who will defend the colours with their lives, and we have got players who are prepared to do that now.”

Arfield can progress in 2019-20 and become a real Rangers fan favourite if he continues in the same vein as he finished last term.

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