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Rangers should axe Scott Arfield to sign English gem

Rangers endured a season which was filled with incredible European moments but was let down by a lack of domestic success, although the Scottish Cup was won for the first time in 13 years.

It wasn’t all plain sailing, with Giovanni van Bronckhorst arriving in mid-November and leading the club to the Europa League final, which ultimately ended in heartbreak.

This summer represents the chance for the Dutchman to enjoy his first pre-season with the squad and enable him to bring in his own players, as there will almost certainly be some outgoings from Ibrox.

Despite the player recently signing a new one-year extension, the manager should be looking to offload Scott Arfield. The 33-year-old earns £16k-p/w and this could be spent on someone who is likely to contribute on a more regular basis and is significantly younger.

The Dutchman has been eyeing up a deal for English midfielder Joe Rothwell and the Gers’ interest has been high in the player even before Van Bronckhorst took charge six months ago.

The 27-year-old becomes a free agent in June, but there are other clubs interested, such as Premier League new boys Fulham and Bournemouth, who could probably both offer bigger wages than the Ibrox giants.

Should Rangers sign Rothwell?

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Axe Arfield, sign Rothwell

Although Arfield has scored one more goal than Rothwell this season (four to three), the Blackburn ace has registered an impressive ten assists in his 41 matches.

The 27-year-old also contributed more defensively than the Canada international, winning more tackles (26 to 22) and making nearly twice as many interceptions (48 to 26).

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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Rothwell can also provide an attacking threat in wide areas, as he made a staggering 141 crosses over the course of the season, compared to just six from Arfield.

The 33-year-old has impressed in short spells at Rangers this season, but his influence on the team diminished for large parts of the campaign, and it’s time that Van Bronckhorst brought in someone who could offer more from the middle of the park.

As the statistics suggest, Rothwell fits the bill perfectly, and a free transfer wouldn’t break the bank either. Having been dubbed “superb” by journalist Josh Bunting earlier this season, it’s a move which could well be a wise investment from Rangers, especially if Arfield can be axed.

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