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Rangers: Van Bronckhorst must ditch Scott Arfield

When Glasgow Rangers midfielder Scott Arfield signed a one-year contract extension back in May, it was looked upon as a wise move, especially with his experience and big-game mentality.

Fast forward six months and it’s clear that Giovanni van Bronckhorst should have moved him on in the summer and cleared up space for some fresh talent to join the Ibrox side.

What looked like a bit part role, coming on in the last 20 minutes and controlling the game in tight matches was soon changed to starting or playing a key role in the majority of games due to the injury crisis the club is going through.

With Ryan Jack, Tom Lawrence, and Ianis Hagi all out with long-term injuries, Arfield has had a more prominent role the last couple of months, and it has been detrimental to the team’s performance.

He has featured in all 12 Premiership matches so far, averaging a modest SofaScore rating of 6.77 and while he has registered three goal contributions, his overall displays have been poor.

The 34-year-old has managed just 14.5 passes on average, making just 20% of his attempted dribbles and winning just 28% of his total duels, proving that he has been way off the pace, both going forward and defensively.

The £10k-per-week Scot was criticised for his finishing ability against Hearts in October, with Journalist Josh Bunting describing an attempt he had on goal as a “dreadful finish” and that just about summed up his season to date.

If his league performances were a warning sign that he is deteriorating as a force in the Rangers’ starting XI, then his Champions League displays surely must give Van Bronckhorst an easy decision come next summer whether or not to extend his contract.

Arfield has completed zero successful dribbles, loses possession on average nine times per match, and has made just 0.3 key passes, proving that he has been out of his depth on the elite stage this season.

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Of course, the Dutchman has had no choice but to play the midfielder due to injuries, however, young talents such as Charlie McCann and Alex Lowry must be given precedence when they are fit and ready to play.

Arfield has been a solid professional during his spell at the Light Blues, however, this will surely be his last campaign for the club.

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