Tuesday, January 31, 2023

New Rangers boss must ditch Scott Arfield

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Glasgow Rangers will be entering a new era when the Premiership season resumes in December, with Ross Wilson aiming to secure a new manager ahead of their match against Hibs.

It’s looking increasingly likely that this will be Mick Beale, with the former Rangers first-team coach considered the main target to replace Giovanni van Bronckhorst, who was sacked earlier this week.

If Beale is appointed, then he is about to walk into a massive challenge, with no European football to look forward to after Christmas and the Light Blues languishing nine points behind Celtic in the title race, a crucial second half of the season awaits.

The squad also needs a major overhaul, with Van Bronckhorst placing loyalty above the rebuild the Ibrox side urgently required in the summer, keeping players such as Steven Davis and Allan McGregor, who despite being excellent servants, had served their purpose at the club.

Scott Arfield is another player who should have been let go, however, the Dutchman gave him a new one-year contract and he hasn’t covered himself in glory this season.

The 34-year-old was expected to play a bit part role this campaign, but due to injuries, Van Bronckhorst deployed him either on the right wing or as an attacking midfielder. He has chipped in with five goals, but his performances have been below the standard required in order to maintain pace with Celtic.

He has an average SofaScore rating of 6.72/10 for his league displays this term and he has often been a peripheral figure, averaging just 26.2 touches per match. in the past, Arfield was a combative player, covering everywhere on the pitch to help either the defence or attack, yet this season, he appears more lethargic.

The Scot has completed just 20% of his dribbles, won only 28% of his total duels, and made 0.5 tackles per match, proving that his influence on the team is waning significantly.

The player was even criticised for his finishing ability against Hearts back in October, with Journalist Josh Bunting describing an effort he had on goal as a “dreadful finish” and that basically summed up his season to date.

Beale has plenty of youngsters who are all vying for game time, with the likes of Charlie McCann and Alex Lowry ready to take their places in the starting XI.

The second half of the season may well be a transitional period, however, the 42-year-old must surely ditch Arfield and start blooding some young talent.

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