Why Rangers star Scott Arfield rejected move to Southampton in 2010

Scott Arfield of Rangers FC in action during the UEFA Europa League group G match between Villarreal CF and Rangers at la Ceramica  on September 20, 2018 in Vila-real, Spain

Rangers star has already rejected Southampton move once.

Scott Arfield of Rangers celebrates after he scores his team's fifth goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Motherwell at Ibrox Stadium on November 11,...

Rangers midfielder Scott Arfield is on Southampton's radar, according to The Mail.

Arfield is valued at £3 million by the report, a good price for Rangers considering he was snapped up on a free transfer by Steven Gerrard last summer.

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It is not thought Rangers are keen to sell the Canadian, not after his hat-trick for the club at the weekend.

 

There is an interesting backstory to the Arfield to Southampton rumours. One which dates back nine years.

Arfield was linked with a move to the Saints before, back in 2010.

Southampton were in League One at the time and Arfield was a young player at Falkirk.

Scott Arfield of Rangers celebrates after he scores his team's fifth goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Motherwell at Ibrox Stadium on November 11,...

Arfield rejected a proposed £500,000 switch. He did so because he did not feel he could live up to the fee.

He told the Daily Record in 2010: "To be honest, even with all the speculation, I didn't deserve a move.

"I didn't think the money getting mentioned was fair. In that period I wasn't worth that as a player. But I have a few months left this season and it's up to me to perform.

"It wasn't that I was affected by the speculation. But it's up to me to prove what kind of player clubs would be getting if they paid the money."

The decision worked out for Arfield. He eventually made it to England's Premier League, starring with Burnley.

As much as he is enjoying life at Rangers, if he does harbour any Southampton regret, he has a second chance.

Unless he decides to reject them for a second time.

Scott Arfield of Rangers celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Villarreal CF and Rangers at Estadio de la Ceramica on September...

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