Scott Arfield to face Ibrox exit as Rangers close in on double transfer agreement
Rangers are reportedly closing in on deals for Nicolas Raskin and Todd Cantwell – and that could spell bad news for Scott Arfield.
Belgium media outlet Le Soir suggest (20 January) the Gers are close to concluding a move for 21-year-old Raskin. It’s understood he has already passed his medical and that an agreement could well be reached over the weekend.
Sky Sports also report (20 January) the Gers have agreed a deal for Cantwell, with the 24-year-old set to sign for the Light Blues.
Arfield is out of contract in the summer of 2023 and it seems unlikely that he will be offered a new deal at Ibrox. The 34-year-old has been used primarily as a substitute under Michael Beale and struggled to impact the Gers’ most recent win against Kilmarnock when he was given a rare start.
With Raskin and Cantwell potentially closing in on moves to the Gers, the remainder of the season could well be the final months of the Canadian’s career at the club. Beale clearly wants to add more youth to his squad and potentially move some of his older players on.
Cantwell and Raskin will be joining under the premise of being starters. Both players can operate in advanced central midfield roles, much like Arfield. If Beale wants to develop younger players he has to give them game time and that could result in some of his older heads taking a back seat.
Arfield has been a brilliant servant over a number of years, but it does feel like a new era is now beginning at Ibrox – a longer-term and more youthful vision is something all fans should get behind.
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