The Gers made their way to a major European final on Thursday night with a 3-1 win at Ibrox and the manager took the opportunity to make a number of changes to his team for this domestic clash.
James Sands, Aaron Ramsey, Leon King and Steven Davis were among the players who were given a chance to impress but it was a familiar face on hand to open the scoring as James Tavernier scored from the spot.
Manchester United loanee Amad Diallo then came off the bench in the second half to make sure of the three points, moving the Light Blues back to within six points of their rivals at the top of the table.
Whilst it was an assured, dominant, performance from Rangers against Dundee United, not every player on the pitch gave a good account of themselves. One dud who was a passenger throughout the match was Canadian midfielder Scott Arfield.
The former Burnley man lined up in an advanced role and failed to impress on or off the ball as he struggled to make a positive impact on the game.
Rangers have a Europa League final against Frankfurt coming up and players will be playing for their places ahead of such an important match. With this in mind, Arfield did nothing to strengthen his cause for a start as van Bronckhorst will surely be disappointed with his display.
Out of possession, he offered nothing. Via SofaScore, he did not win a single duel, or even compete in any, during his 65 minutes on the pitch. He also failed to make a clearance, tackle, block or interception, although the Gers did have 73% of the ball and limited what Dundee United could offer.
On the ball, he was far from good enough. As per SofaScore, he had fewer touches (23) than Jon McLaughlin (44) and did not create a single chance or complete a dribble. He also missed a ‘big chance’ – his ninth of the campaign in the Premiership – and only completed 15 passes.
Therefore, he was a passenger throughout the game as he failed to showcase his quality on the ball or his strength off of it. Van Bronckhorst will not be able to trust him to start in a European final if he continues to produce performances like this one.