Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard apparently rates Scott Arfield, his Canadian captain, very highly and a critical player in his starting attacking midfield line-up.  

And no wonder, as the ex-Burnley Premiership player who is fast showing why he is becoming a first-pick Ibrox midfielder, because he is starting to show his class, by playing very well and he is starting to score a consistent amount of goals.

The Rangers manager Gerrard has told the club’s official website that he ‘is an important player for the current starring outfit’.

The Gers boss made the comments following Rangers’ 3-0 win against Livingston at Ibrox in the SPFL on Saturday afternoon.

Arfield started the match and played for the entire 90 minutes, and Rangers manager Gerrard was really impressed with the display produced by the highly experienced 30-year-old attacking midfielder.

Personally I like Arfield, but so far he has not been consistently great. At times he is absolutely brilliant and at other times his first touch lets him down badly. 

For a free transfer acquisition, he is certainly worth a starting place to see how he is performing on the day. If he is having one of his annoyingly average games, then take him off for a substitute player on the bench, to see if he will improve the side.

Seemingly Gerrard thinks that Arfield is a really important player in his preferred line-up and that is the reason the boss was desperate to get him signed and through the Ibrox door.

Arfield joined Rangers in the summer transfer window after agreeing to leave Premier League club Burnley at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.

The Canadian international midfielder has scored four goals and provided four assists in his 10 Scottish Premiership appearances for Rangers so far this season, which in fairness is pretty good in your first season at this historic club.

The ‘Teddy Bears’ have climbed to second place in the league table this week with 27 points from 13 matches, which is just just two points behind bitter rivals Celtic, and on the same goal difference.

Young 22-year-old Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos came off the bench in 62 minutes to replace loan striker Kyle Lafferty on Saturday, and within minutes, he scored another goal for Rangers to secure a vital 2-0 lead.

He also set up Arfield for the third and last goal in the 3-0 home win over Livingston, with a low cross that Arfield thrashed into the net from a near post run, with great delight.

This week Rangers will have a crack at going on top of the league at Tynecastle this Sunday – just hours before Celtic meet Aberdeen in the Betfred Cup final at Hampden Park.

Manager Gerrard has made it very clear how important Arfield and Morelos will be in this highly energetic SPFL, Edinburgh battle.

Hopefully, Hearts will continue with their recent bad league form, to enable Rangers to climb to No. 1 in the league, even if it’s just for a few hours.

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