Rangers manager Steven Gerrard said that he “can’t speak highly enough” of Scott Arfield after he scored the winner against Standard Liege on Thursday.
The Gers’ 3-2 win over the Belgian side at Ibrox secured their progression to the Europa League knockout phase, with Gerrard’s team coming from behind twice.
Arfield’s goal was his fourth in five matches and Gerrard was effusive in his praise of the Canadian after the game.
“Big players step up at big moments and score big goals,” he said (via Rangers’ official website).
“Scott Arfield is in this XI on merit – he has worked ever-so hard to do that and he is performing very well to stay in the team and he is scoring really important goals for us.
“Add that to the workrate, the application and the professionalism he brings, I can’t speak highly enough of where Scott is at the moment. He just needs to try and stay where he is now – bottle this feeling and carry it on for as long as he can.”
Arfield has earned his place in this Rangers side with outstanding performances in recent weeks and he continues to justify his selection.
The 32-year-old took four shots on the night and while the winner was a fairly simple finish, he has an uncanny ability to turn up on the spot in the moments that matter (via WhoScored).
He has now scored seven goals and provided five assists this season and looks to be building a good relationship with Glen Kamara and Steven Davis as a midfield trio.
The Canadian has now moved ahead of Joe Aribo and Ianis Hagi in the pecking order and it would be a surprise not to see him start the Gers’ biggest matches of the season going forward.
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