By Sam Stone

26th May, 2023 | 5:10pm

Scott Arfield should have been given Rangers contract extension - Barry Ferguson

Barry Ferguson believes Scott Arfield should have been handed a new contract at Rangers.

The 34-year-old is set to leave Ibrox after the Gers’ final day clash against St Mirren on Saturday afternoon, having spent five years at the club.

Ferguson feels he should have been handed another year even if it had seen him once again struggle for gametime.

“Had it been down to me Arfield would have been given another year, even though he might have struggled for game time. He leaves, in my eyes, as a proper Ranger,” said Ferguson (Daily Record, 26 May).

Right call

As much as it would have been nice to see Arfield stay for another year, he probably wants to end his career playing regular football. He’s made an impact nearly every single time he’s featured for the Gers, but it’s clear Michael Beale wants to go down a slightly different route.

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Todd Cantwell has been a revelation since moving to Ibrox and the former Norwich man will almost certainly be Beale’s first choice in attacking midfield. Jose Cifuentes also seems close to securing his move to Scotland, which would’ve seen Arfield fall even further down the pecking order.

He’s been a sensational player for the Gers over the past five years but the time is now right for him to move onto pastures new. Rangers need to move on and clear the decks somewhat. Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Kent, Allan McGregor and Filip Helander will all follow the former Burnley man out of Ibrox. It’s a mass exodus the Rangers boss could well have been after.

In other Rangers news, the club are clearly playing a sick joke with their supporters after they made an announcement about a senior player.