Glasgow Rangers drew their latest pre-season friendly, with Jermain Defoe scoring for the Scottish Premiership side at Ibrox.
A number of Rangers fans have taken to Twitter to laud Scott Arfield’s performance during their latest pre-season friendly, and express their concern about how much he was missed once he left the pitch in Sunday’s 1-1 draw.
Arfield was handed the chance to make his first start of the summer by Steven Gerrard, who would have been hoping to see his side build on their comfortable Europa League win in midweek.
Blackburn provided tougher opposition however, and the Gers could only manage to draw the contest at Ibrox. Jermain Defoe had broken the deadlock during the first-half as he got onto the end of an outstanding Jordan Jones cross.
Arfield was one of four players who were replaced on the hour-mark. But the changes proved to be somewhat costly as Blackburn equalised within five minutes. And it is clear by the reaction on social media that many felt that the Light Blues – who wore their away kit for the game – were nowhere near as impressive without the Canada international and Steven Davis in the middle of the park.
Arfield ended last season in brilliant form as he formed a superb partnership once given the chance to play just behind Defoe in a number 10 role. And it appears that he is ready to pick up where he left off.
Several fans were extremely pleased with what they saw from Arfield – who was jeered by the visiting supporters having spent a considerable part of his career with Burnley – and are expecting the 30-year-old to play a prominent role in the side once again this coming season.
Here is how some of the fans reacted to Arfield’s first pre-season start…
A lot of people upset about today’s result, tad premature imo. Good run out today against a better organised opposition and a wake up call which does no harm in friendlies. Lesson is Arfield or Davis need to be playing— Rob (@rob_goldie) July 21, 2019
Aribo,Arfield n Davis should be our midfield first picks most games don’t @ me— KennyGrfc (@kennygrfc) July 21, 2019
good first half poor last half hour, noticeable that the defence laboured to play the ball out when Davis went off…Davis and Arfield superb.— Robert West (@rapwest) July 21, 2019
Kamara needs to get himself back to last season’s levels quickly or he’ll struggle for games. Has been sloppy preseason. Ojo off it today also but that’s the inconsistency youth brings. Helander nice comfortable start. Arfield, Davis & Jones outstanding today.— Bear from the North (@Northernger) July 21, 2019
Not a great 2nd half but Steve Davis, Arfield, Jones and Ojo were our best players today. We can do better but this team will do nicely ❤— bearette (@dianelambie71) July 21, 2019
Arfield & Davis partnership becoming everything we had hoped for. Oozes quality & desire to do it for the badge ⚪️— Bear from the North (@Northernger) July 21, 2019
Aye Arfield looking good too, we’ll see how it goes on Thursday night, looking forward to a full house— JoanE (@Joerrfc55) July 21, 2019
Decent work out. Slightly concerning how much we missed Davis & Arfield when they went off, the last half hour was very poor. Ojo didnt look interested when it got tougher & Kamara looks to be struggling. Barisic change in attitude is pleasing. LM still the weak point for me.— Faceless (@FacelessRanger) July 21, 2019