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Rangers must axe Scott Arfield on Thursday

Rangers will be looking to progress through to the next round of the competition as Gio van Bronckhorst’s side return to Europa League action on Thursday.

The Gers hold a 4-2 lead over German giants Borussia Dortmund heading into the match after their win away to the Bundesliga outfit last week.

Alfredo Morelos, James Tavernier and John Lundstram, aided by a Dan-Axel Zagadou own goal, scored to secure a memorable win for the club.

However, they did struggle at the weekend as they were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw away at Dundee United in the Premiership.

Axe him

One player who may have played his way out of a start against Dortmund is wide midfielder Scott Arfield after a disappointing display on Sunday.

Should Gio drop Arfield?

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Yes

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He was unable to be a difference-maker against United as he let a lot to be desired with his performance before being hauled off in the 58th minute.

Off the ball, he was a lightweight for the Gers. As per SofaScore, he lost a whopping 85.7% (6/7) of his individual battles and failed to make a single tackle or interception, whilst being dribbled past once.

Van Bronckhorst was surely fuming with this as the midfielder allowed himself to be bullied out of possession and that meant the Canadian was taken out of the game.

His weak play may have had an impact on his display on the ball. Via SofaScore, the winger provided a key pass for one of the club’s 30 efforts on goal in the match and had two shots himself, with neither of them testing Benjamin Siegrist between the sticks, which shows that he offered no quality in the final third.

In the reverse clash with Dortmund, he received a SofaScore rating of 6.6 – with Borna Barisic the only player with a lower rating than him in the XI.

He only completed eight passes in 66 minutes on the pitch as he failed to register a single key pass or shot on goal.

This suggests that van Bronckhorst could benefit from dropping him down to the bench for this clash at Ibrox, as his recent performances have been underwhelming and he is not deserving of a start on merit.

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