This post contains affiliate links. “As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.”
The Glasgow Rangers have received a huge injury boost after Scott Arfield returned to first-team action ahead of their Europa League tie with Antwerp on Thursday.
Arfield made his long-awaited injury comeback against Kilmarnock on Saturday, playing his first game for Steven Gerrard’s team since Boxing Day.
And while the statistics they weren’t too conclusive to suggest that he had a real impact (he only played a couple of minutes after all), there’s no question that Arfield’s short cameo will give the club a boost going into business at the end of the season .
Rangers remain well ahead of arch rival Celtic in the Scottish Premiership title race and also remain in the Scottish Cup and the UEFA Europa League.
Arfield had enjoyed a solid, if unspectacular, season before he was injured. The industrious midfielder has scored Seven goals and always five attends all competitions for the Gers, with Three of his goals in the Europa League.
The sprained ankle he suffered during the 1-0 win over Hibernian saw Gerrard strengthen his midfield in the January transfer window, bringing in Scott Wright from Aberdeen and Nnamdi Ofoborh from Bournemouth, the latter of whom was immediately loaned to the club. of the Wycombe Wanderers England Championship.
However, their return to fitness will be good news for Gerrard and the 54-time Scottish champions as they prepare for the trip to Antwerp.
No other Rangers player has scored entertain goals in the Europa League than Arfield this season, as he has contributed to fifteen% of team goals13), while he scored the winning goal against Standard Liege to ensure his team qualified for the knockout stages with a game to spare.
Thus, with the Gers juggling domestic and European duties, Arfield’s return, earning a reported £ 16,000-per week in Ibrox, has come exactly at the right time, since it is a highly respected player in the locker room and has become an integral part of Gerrard’s team.
The Gers manager should be excited about the return of one of his first-team stars, and is on track to have a real impact on the commercial finale of the campaign, starting with the Europa League round of 32 clash against Antwerp. Thursday night.
And in other Rangers news, the Rangers must tie Steven Davis to a new deal after recent comments from Steven Gerrard …