By George Overhill

8th May, 2022 | 3:43pm

Rangers' Steven Davis and Scott Arfield lauded by BBC pundit for first-half play v Dundee United

Scott Arfield and Steven Davis were praised as “fantastic” by BBC pundit Rory Loy for their involvement in a first-half sequence against Dundee United.

Midway through the first-half with the game goalless, the veteran pair combined with some wonderful quick passing to create a chance that almost led to the opener.

Arfield’s shot was only kept out by a strong save from visiting goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist, and ex-Ger Loy was impressed by the Light Blues pair.

Speaking on BBC Sportsound, via the BBC Sport live-blog he said: “Fantastic interplay between Steven Davis and Scott Arfield.

“Arfield tries to bend it in the corner. Benji Siegrist – a very good keeper – is equal to it.”

Opportunity

With attention justifiably now turned towards the pair of finals this side is in, the league clash takes somewhat of a back seat.

But with a chance to delay Celtic celebrations as a bonus for a win, and a number of players outside the regular first team in action, it is by no means a dead rubber.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst will likely have an idea of what line-up he wants to play in Seville, and at Hampden just after, but the squad has a chance to impress.

The Light Blues have made an unfortunate habit of struggling to rouse themselves for domestic fixtures immediately after huge European nights.

Ibrox on Thursday (5 May) saw an atmosphere to rival any in the club’s history, and with the title essentially gone it would be almost excusable this time.

But the hosts were still well on top in the opening period, although the necessary goals were difficult to come by.

Arfield nearly opened the scoring, and Fashion Sakala went close in the opening period as the home side dominated possession but strained to break the deadlock.

In other Rangers news, one former Premier League player revealed a text from a figure south of the border on which Ibrox player is an upgrade for them.