Rangers boss Gio van Bronckhorst will be hoping to retain his 100% record in charge of the Ibrox giants as they prepare for a Europa League clash on Thursday.
The Gers travel to France to take on Ligue 1 giants Lyon in their final group stage match, with both sides having already qualified for the knockout stages of the competition.
This clash comes off the back of a 3-0 win over Dundee FC in the Scottish Premiership last weekend, with Joe Aribo and Alfredo Morelos scoring either side of an own-goal.
Despite the impressive result against Dundee, one player was able to potentially play his way out of the starting XI with his display – Scott Arfield.
Van Bronckhorst must ruthlessly axe the former Burnley man from the side after a disappointing performance against the Premiership outfit.
As per SofaScore, he only won one duel – competing in two – in 90 minutes on the pitch and failed to make a single clearance, block, interception or tackle. Along with this, he failed to create a single chance for his teammates and only completed 79% of his attempted passes, showing that he was a passenger in the game as he was unable to make an impact at either end of the pitch.
This was not a one-off from the experienced midfielder. In the Premiership this season, he has won 0.9 duels per game and lost 67% of his battles overall. This is whilst creating just 0.4 chances per game and missing three big chances – along with scoring twice.
It’s a surprising turn of events for a player who was once dubbed a “manager’s dream” by current Dunfermline boss, John Hughes.
Evidently, his form has dropped off and he is now far too weak on the pitch and has let the side down at times this season with his displays in the middle of the park. Van Bronckhorst cannot afford to have a liability on the pitch against top opposition and Arfield’s recent showing against Dundee and his performances in the campaign so far suggest that that is exactly what he would be.
Therefore, the £1.8m-rated dud must be taken out of the XI in order for another player to be given the chance to show what they can do.
Unless the Canada international starts to prove that he can hold his own on the physical side of the game or do enough on the ball to offset his lack of strength, he should be used sparingly by the Gers.