Canada boss John Herdman believes that Scott Arfrield’s body is asking the Rangers player some serious questions in what is a worrying update for Gers fans.
Arfield, 32, is no spring chicken but he has been a vital part of Rangers’ title push this season and he has come up trumps on more than one occasion in the Europa League.
The midfielder is still an international but Herdman has some reservations about calling up Arfield as he believes the player may struggle to turn out for club and country.
Herdman is quoted by The Scottish Sun as saying, “I think for Scott, certainly this year, he’s got one focus and that’s to win the title with Rangers.
“He feels deeply committed to achieving that for the fans and he knows he can’t be getting pulled into international activity too frequently.
“The impact it had on him the previous season when we were pushing for the Nations League, it’s tough. His body is starting to ask him some critical questions.
“I think there’s definitely some issues he’s got behind the scenes in terms of his commitments and from my side, I’ll always respect him.”
Earlier this season, Arfield played every minute of Rangers’ Europa League qualifying campaign and scored a vital goal against Galatasaray to secure a place in the group stage.
He continued his goalscoring exploits into the Europa League proper, playing in all six group games while picking up two more goals.
In the Scottish Premiership he has also impressed, registering four goals and five assists in 20 outings.
These stats show just how important he is to Steven Gerrard’s side and how much football he has played this year.
With the congested fixture list and the club competing on three fronts, it would be hard for any player to keep up their work rate, never mind a 32-year-old.
Playing for Canada may be a step too far for the midfielder if he wants to avoid injury and perhaps Gerrard should take note of Herdman’s words as Arfield continues to slowly return following an injury he picked up earlier this season.
Arf can be a vital player for us so we need to protect him, as we would do with any slightly older player.
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