Steven Gerrard has suffered another blow at Rangers ahead of the Old Firm derby, with Scott Arfield ruled out for the season through injury, meaning he won’t be able to feature at Ibrox on Sunday.
Gerrard confirmed ahead of the game that the 32-year-old will miss the final few games of the campaign with an ankle injury, which will prove to be another setback to Rangers’ chances of avoiding defeat at Ibrox and continuing their unbeaten run in the Premiership.
It leaves the Light Blues extremely thin in the midfield department ahead of the derby, with Bongani Zungu also out for the season through suspension after breaking the current lockdown guidelines earlier this year, meaning Gerrard has just Joe Aribo, Glen Kamara and Steven Davis available as naturals in central midfield.
Arfield has been a regular in Gerrard’s side so far this season, making 25 appearances in the Premiership, in which he has contributed four goals and five assists, averaging a solid, if unspectacular, 6.65 rating.
When Rangers beat Celtic 2-0 recently, the former Liverpool man opted to select Arfield in midfield, with Aribo moving out to the right-wing and that proved to be effective, so it is unfortunate that Gerrard won’t be able to deploy the same set up on Sunday at Ibrox.
Since joining on a free transfer from Burnley in 2018, the £1.8m-rated midfielder has gone on to make 139 appearances for the Gers, contributing 28 goals and 18 assists and he is clearly a respected member of Gerrard’s squad.
Therefore, it is undoubtedly a huge blow that Arfield will likely miss the remaining three games of Rangers’ Premiership season, as his experience could’ve been very useful for Gerrard to have, both on and off the pitch, as the champions close in on an invincible league campaign.
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