Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is fortunate to find himself in the realms of the cliched “nice headache”.

Rather than having to scrabble to put together a strong XI every match day, the boss has a multitude of quality options in several positions.

Whether it be Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe up front, or the plethora of wide options at his disposal, Gerrard has strength and he has depth too.

Another area in which this is abundantly clear is the centre of midfield.

Gerrard ordinarily employs a three in the engine room, with Glen Kamara, Steven Davis, and Ryan Jack his trio of choice.

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And that has led Alan Hutton to suggest that Scott Arfield could be getting frustrated with a lack of opportunities at Ibrox.

Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “Everybody wants to play, not just the big games against Celtic but every week you want to play.

“It’s always going to be difficult, they’ve got good players in these positions. His form has dipped a little recently, it’s been a little bit up and down.

“He had some issues that Gerrard mentioned, which we’re not sure what that is so that’s up to him to obviously try and sort out. Sometimes this happens, you have a little dip, someone comes in, takes your place and they play well.”

The comments from Gerrard that Hutton alludes to here relate to an unspecified off-field issue that Arfield has been dealing with in recent weeks, as per the Herald.

That aside though, you have to feel a little for the 31-year-old.

Hutton suggests that his form has dipped of late, and that is a view largely supported by Jackie McNamara, as per Football Insider, but for the most part, he did a pretty impressive job of covering for Steven Davis when the latter was sidelined with a foot injury at the end of last year.

If it was any other player, you might have expected Arfield to have a fighting chance of retaining his place in the XI, but the reality is that Davis, when fit, has to play.

And that means that, barring some kind of drastic unforeseen shift in Steven Gerrard’s preferences, Arfield is likely to remain a bit-part player.

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