Rangers return to action in Europe on Thursday night at Ibrox as Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men fight to land a place in a major European final later this month.
The Gers are 1-0 down heading into the second leg after they lost away from home to a stunning late goal in Germany.
Rangers come into this clash off the back of a 1-1 draw in the Old Firm at the weekend. Fashion Sakala scored the goal for the Glasgow giants on Sunday in an entertaining match against their rivals and will be hoping to carry his form over to the Europa League.
However, not every player impressed against the Hoops and one player who must lose his place in the starting XI is Canada international Scott Arfield.
The midfielder’s last direct goal contribution when being named in the starting line-up came on the 6th of February in a 5-0 hammering of Hearts.
In his subsequent nine starts in all competitions, he has registered zero goals and zero assists and failed to record a single SofaScore rating higher than 6.9 – suggesting that his all-round performances have also been underwhelming.
He has two goals and zero assists in his last 19 appearances, from the start and off the bench, as he has been unable to consistently deliver when selected by the head coach.
The midfielder is not putting in outstanding displays, as shown by his ratings, and he is not making up for it by providing quality in the final third. This means that he is a liability to the team as he is offering very little, which is holding them back from being as good as they can be, as they have a player who is not having a positive impact on the pitch.
Athletic reporter Jordan Campbell and journalist Joshua Barrie both claimed that he was “struggling” against the Hoops last time out and it is now time for the £16k-per-week dud’s struggles to stop impacting Rangers’ performances.
Therefore, van Bronckhorst must brutally axe him from the starting XI as his run of form has been nowhere near good enough to warrant a place in the team. He should, instead, be utilised as an option off the bench to bolster the team late on, if required, as he did when he came on in the Scottish Cup to score against Celtic recently.