By Jonty Banks

25th May, 2023 | 4:10pm

Scott Arfield tipped to sign for Hearts by BBC pundit as Rangers exit development shared

BBC pundit Neil McCann has tipped departing Rangers midfielder Scott Arfield to sign for one of Hearts or Aberdeen this summer.

Rangers announced earlier this week (23 May) that the 34-year-old would be one of five players departing Rangers when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Speaking live on BBC Sportscene after Rangers’ 2-2 draw against Aberdeen on Monday night [24 May, 38:13], McCann waxed lyrical about the “magnificent” impact of Arfield since arriving from Burnley in 2018.

“I love Scott, he said.

“I think he’s been a magnificent servant. Coming up from Burnley, he wasn’t at the starting point of his career, people said he was on the way down, but he has performed brilliantly.

“He would be another super signing for somebody like Hearts of Aberdeen, maybe.”

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Fond farewell

It was an emotional farewell to the Rangers quintet of Arfield, Ryan Kent, Alfredo Morelos, Allan McGregor and Filip Helander at Ibrox on Wednesday evening, and all of these players deserve the best wishes of the fanbase.

Although none of these five have been at their free-flowing best under Michael Beale this season, they have given the Gers faithful their fair share of glorious moments over the years, and Arfield is a name who will be fondly remembered.

Michael Beale now has a serious job on his hands to replace the spine of this Rangers squad from the last five years, with a busy summer transfer window awaiting.

Arfield, in particular, is a brilliant leader in the dressing room and would be a top signing for any other side in the Scottish Premiership, as McCann tipped.

Although now at 34, the midfielder still has plenty to offer other clubs, both on and off the pitch.

A potential deal for a year or two should definitely be in the offing, and when his exit is confirmed, he will leave the club with Rangers’ best wishes.

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