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Alex McLeish has been thrilled by the performances of Rangers midfielder Scott Arfield this season as the Bears brought home 55.

The Canadian international started the campaign in great form but was forced to miss a huge chunk of action due to an injury.

McLeish claims that the mid-season performance slump was down to missing Arfield, and believes he has made that advanced midfield role his own at Ibrox.

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Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “Arfield has had a great season.

“You saw a little bit of the cog in the machine wasn’t quite there when he first dropped out, Steven Davis is obviously one of those important cogs as well.

“Arfield has had a really great season, and he should be proud of his improvement this season, not only did he see a threat from other players coming into the squad, he excelled and he made the position his own.”

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Arfield has been sensational.

Not many players can run in-between the lines of the oppositions’ defence and midfield than the Canadian, and he started finding the back of the net frequently because of that.

The 32-year-old only has one fewer goal involvement than Joe Aribo this season, despite making 11 fewer starts in the Scottish Premiership.

Welcoming Arfield back this month has come at the perfect time, he can only give the Bears a great chance of getting as far as possible in the Europa League.

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