By Pete Hanson

24th May, 2023 | 8:40am

Scott Arfield transfer to Aberdeen on the cards as Rangers make announcement - pundit

Scott Arfield has been tipped to make a switch to Aberdeen following his release from Rangers by pundit Alan Rough.

Experienced midfielder Arfield was one of five players released by the Gers on Tuesday (23 May), with Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Kent, Allan McGregor and Filip Helander all shown the door as Michael Beale begins a squad revamp at Ibrox.

Now aged 34, Arfield is looking for a new club and former Celtic and Scotland goalkeeper Rough believes he can still do a job in the Scottish Premiership.

“We’ve seen players that leave Rangers and Celtic at the twilight of their career go to the likes of Aberdeen, Hibs, Hearts and doing well because they bring a good quality with them,” Rough told the PLZ Football Show (04:00).

“Good experience, good standards they set. We saw (Andy) Halliday go to Hearts and I think he’s done particularly well. So, that’s the kind of teams he’ll be looking at I think.”

Arfield exit the right decision by Beale

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Scott Arfield has been a terrific servant to Rangers since moving back to Scotland from Burnley back in 2018.

He departs Ibrox with medals in the Scottish Premiership and Scottish Cup, while he was a part of the side that finished runners-up in the Europa League last season.

But Rangers have been well off the pace in the title race against fierce rivals Celtic this time around and there is absolutely no doubt that Beale needs to freshen up his squad.

And, as happens to all of us, Father Time is inevitably catching up to Arfield, who at 34 is winding down his career.

With the likes of Kieran Dowell and Jose Cifuentes linked with a move to Ibrox, Beale needed to free up space and Arfield was an easy way to do so.

He will no doubt leave with the best wishes of everyone at the club – Beale himself described the decision as “difficult” – but there can be no doubt the time was right to move on.

In other Rangers news, Sky Sports journalist Andrew Dickson gives his take after Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent depart Ibrox.