Glasgow Rangers ran riot over Aberdeen in a 4-0 rout at Ibrox to take an eleven-point lead over their arch rivals Celtic at the Scottish Premiership summit.
Steven Gerrard’s side took the lead by way of a long-range strike from Ryan Kent, which was followed by a well-timed finish from Kemar Roofe, before Scott Arfield’s shot took a deflection off Shay Logan and James Tavernier struck the final blow.
The Ibrox boss handed Bongani Zungu his first-team debut in the second half of the 8-0 victory over Hamilton Academical and he had been in contention to start against Aberdeen until the 28-year-old suffered a knee injury whilst away on international duty with South Africa.
In his absence, Arfield was once again an integral part of Gerrard’s side as Rangers routed the Dons at home to secure their 18th win and 17th clean sheet in all competitions so far this season.
SofaScore awarded the 32-year-old with a high statistical score of 7.7 for his performance – he made one tackle and one clearance, whilst he made three key passes, completed 76 out of 89 passes (85%), took one shot on target and had two shots blocked.
Arfield also took a staggering 105 touches of the ball whilst he was an influential part of the Gers side as he provided one goal and set up another which shows that his hard work paid off.
Gerrard clearly rates the Canadian very highly indeed, once calling the powerhouse the “perfect professional” and adding that he is an important figure in the dressing room after a string of fine performances last season.
In 116 games for the Gers, the centre-midfielder has scored 26 goals and supplied 17 assists in all competitions, whilst he is the club’s third-highest top scorer in the Premiership this season behind the likes of Tavernier, who has scored nine so far this season, as well as Kent and Roofe (who are tied on five goals apiece).
By comparison, Zungu has failed to find the back of the net so far for the Light Blues, although admittedly it is still early days yet.
Rangers are enjoying a 21-game unbeaten streak, with the win their 13th of 15 league games, which is their best start to the season for over fifty years.
However, Celtic have two games in hand and are four points clear of the third-placed Dons in the Premiership. If the Gers are to regain the coveted trophy for the first time in almost ten years, we suspect that Arfield will still have a part to play in spite of Zungu’s arrival in the summer. One thing’s for sure, his influence cannot and should not go unnoticed.