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Rangers: Scott Arfield was disappointing in the Old Firm

Rangers came from behind to avoid defeat in their latest Old Firm clash away from Ibrox in the Premiership on Sunday.

It was a tale of two halves as the Gers were 1-0 down and flat at half-time before dominating the second 45 and being unlucky not to win the match late on.

Jota had given the hosts the lead in the first half as he got ahead of Borna Barisic at the back post to tap in a cross and Ange Postecoglou’s side also spurned a number of big chances to double their advantage.

Rangers then came out firing in the second half and found the equaliser through Fashion Sakala as he powered a strike in at the near post to make it 1-1 after Ryan Kent played him in down the left of the box.

The Zambia international then had the chance to win all three points for the Gers as he raced clear through on goal but saw his effort crash back off the post with Joe Hart beaten.

Whilst it was a spirited effort in the second half for the Light Blues, there were some disappointing displays for van Bronckhorst to watch. One player who let the head coach down was experienced central midfielder Scott Arfield.

Was Arfield disappointing?

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The Canada international came off the bench to score a crucial goal in the Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic last month and was given the opportunity to show what he is capable of doing from the start. Instead of showing that he deserves more games, his performance suggested that he is better off coming on as a substitute.

Off the ball, he was a lightweight. Via SofaScore, he lost 50% of his aerial duels and four of his seven ground duels throughout the match. He did make two tackles and one interception but he allowed the Celtic players to get the better of him more often than not and that was one disappointing aspect of his play as he did not impose himself on the match from a physical standpoint.

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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In possession, he struggled. As per SofaScore, he only completed 62% of his attempted passes and missed a ‘big chance’. He also failed with all three of his attempted dribbles and gave possession away 19 times, which shows that he did not provide much quality on the ball in the middle of the park.

Therefore, he let van Bronckhorst down badly as he faltered at both ends of the pitch and did not do enough to justify his start.

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