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Rangers: Arfield was disappointing vs Hearts

Rangers won their fourth Scottish Premiership match in succession under Gio van Bronckhorst as they beat Hearts 2-0 on Sunday.

The Gers picked up the three points as Alfredo Morelos and Joe Aribo put the game to bed in the first half with their well-taken goals.


One player who did let the Dutch head coach down, however, was central midfielder Scott Arfield as he struggled at times in the middle of the park.

Was Arfield disappointing?





Off the ball, he was a lightweight. As per SofaScore, he only won 33.3% of his duels as he lost six of his nine battles on the pitch. He won two of his six duels on the ground and one of his three in the air, whilst also committing two fouls, showing that he was too weak throughout the game.

To his credit, he did make three interceptions and two tackles as he put in an energetic shift in midfield for the Gers. However, his lack of strength up against Hearts players let him down at times and he should be looking to win a higher percentage of his duels.

On the ball, he was wasteful in front of goal. Via SofaScore, he missed two ‘big’ chances in the final third as he ended the match without a goal to his name. He fired the ball straight at Craig Gordon in a one-on-one position with plenty of time to pick his spot and then scuffed an effort wide of the far post after Morelos put the ball on a plate for him 12-yards out and unchallenged.

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Arfield also completed 0% of his attempted dribbles and only created one chance for his teammates. Although, he did complete 89% of his passes and only lose possession of the ball six times.

Therefore, he let Gio down badly in the end as his end product was not good enough to make up for his lightweight nature in midfield. He put the effort in and made the right runs to get into positions to score, but he has to do better when he gets into those areas and he should have been coming away with at least one to his name.

Had Aribo and Morelos not already sealed the points with their goals, his misses could have been disastrous for the Gers.

AND in other news, Forget Morelos & Aribo: £6.4k-p/w Rangers gem with 100% duels won unsung hero v Hearts…

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