Scott Arfield has declared that Rangers can ‘beat anybody’ ahead of his side’s vital clash against Portuguese giants Benfica. 

The Light Blues are looking to take a big step towards qualifying for the knockout rounds of the Europa League with a win over Benfica on Thursday night.

In a snippet of an interview with Rangers TV that was posted on the club’s Twitter account, Arfield also claimed every team in the Europa League ‘fears’ the Gers.

He said, “There’s no getting away from it, we take great respect from what we have done previously against these big clubs. When the draw was made there wasn’t any anxiety to play against these teams.

“We fully think we can go and beat anybody home and away. And I think it shows how far we have come to be playing these big clubs and these big favourites to win these competitions. So I think every team in this competition fears us.”

Arfield started and helped himself to a goal in the Gers’ last league outing against Aberdeen and due to a mini injury crisis in the midfield, he may start again against Benfica.

Ryan Jack and Bongani Zungu are set to miss their side’s clash with Benfica which leaves Steven Gerrard with a slight worry ahead of the crucial game.

Arfield, Joe Aribo, Steven Davis and Glen Kamara can all replace the injured duo so it shouldn’t be a huge issue but there is no doubting that Jack’s unavailability is a blow.

Arfield played every minute of the Gers’ Europa League qualifying games and scored one of the vital goals as Rangers defeated Galatasaray in the final qualifying match 2-1.

At 32-years-old Arfield is still contributing for the Gers and you could argue he is one of Gerrard’s most important players with the former Canadian international playing in every Rangers game this season so far.

If he starts against Benfica he will be looking to guide his side to a historic win against one of the favourites to win the competition.

In other Rangers news, Gerrard has raved about one Gers ace whose efforts can often go unnoticed.


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