Rangers have been linked with a move for Nimes winger Zinedine Ferhat recently and if he were to make the move to Ibrox this summer, it could be bad news for the future of Scott Arfield in Steven Gerrard’s side.
According to Foot Mercato (via Daily Record), Rangers are keen on adding the Algerian to their squad ahead of next season’s Champions League qualifiers, after his superb season in Ligue 1.
Despite playing for relegation candidates, the 28-year-old currently sits joint-top of the assist chart in Ligue 1, setting up 10 goals for his teammates, whilst he has also scored six times, which is his best ever season from a goalscoring perspective.
The £7.8m-rated star is predominantly deployed on the right-wing by Nimes but has played in a number of positions in his career, suggesting that he could be a really versatile option in Gerrard’s squad next season.
Assuming that Ferhat would be a starter at Rangers next season should he join this summer, his signing would likely be bad news for Arfield, who has already lost his status as a guaranteed starter this season, making just 11 starts in the Premiership, with the majority of his appearances in Gerrard’s side coming from the bench.
When the former Burnley man first joined Rangers he was often utilised as a winger but has moved more centrally as he has got older and perhaps lost a yard of pace, but unfortunately for him, Ferhat has been utilised centrally and out wide throughout his career, so would perhaps get the nod ahead of him next season.
Gerrard is a big fan of the 32-year-old, and was full of praise for him back in 2018, saying:
“Scott has been superb. He is a great professional and a great lad who is growing each way and contributing really well. He is a really important player and that is the reason we were desperate to get him in the door.”
However, Arfield’s influence has clearly declined this season and the addition of a quality, versatile winger such as Ferhat could well be the final nail in the coffin for the Canadian’s time as a regular starter at Ibrox.