Scott Arfield misses Rangers training but should be on plane to Prague
Scott Arfield will be available for Rangers when they play Sparta Prague in the Europa League on Thursday, Steven Gerrard has confirmed.
Arfield, 32, was left out of the win at Dundee on Saturday and even though he missed training with the Gers on Tuesday, Gerrard says he’ll be on the plane to Prague this week for the club’s second Europa League group stage match.
“Scott missed training yesterday (Tuesday) but he’s back and available for today’s session so he’ll travel with us and come back into the squad,” said Gerrard in his pre-match press conference, as shown in a clip on the Follow Follow Patreon page.
Rangers have been very unlucky with injuries and players being unavailable so far this season and it’s one of the reason why Gerrard’s struggled to find consistency out of his side.
In the league, we’re struggling to win by more than one goal while in Europe, we’ve been knocked out of the Champions League, scraped through versus Alashkert and were beaten by Lyon.
Of course, losing to Lyon isn’t the end of the world – they’re a very good team with very good players. However, it’s now time to end our poor run in Europe and get a much-needed win in Prague.
It’s unlikely that Arfield will start.
The former Burnley midfielder has played nine times in all competitions this season but he’s only been handed three starts by Gerrard.
While all three of those starts have been in European competition, we feel as though Gerrard is likely to name a midfield that’s more similar to the one he named at Dundee on Saturday.
Arfield could be a good substitute to bring on. He did, of course, score off the bench against Ross County earlier this season.
In other Rangers news, Gerrard has hinted about his team selection for the game against Sparta Prague.