Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Rangers Land The Services Of 29 Y/O Burnley Winger: Right Move To Topple Celtic Dominance?

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Bishwaraj Bhattacharyya
Former athlete. Now a journalist hoping to cover football no matter the league or country.

Burnley winger, Scott Arfield has reportedly agreed to join Rangers FC after the completion of his contract with the Clarets. The 29-year-old’s 5-year association period is set to end with just under 200 appearances and 22 goals.

Arfield is in no sense a scoring winger or the most prolific in the Premier League. But what he is, is a workhorse who will run opponents to the ground. Incredibly disciplined with his positioning and a loyal servant to the club, Arfield has played a major role in Burnley’s best season in England’s top-flight.

He has appeared in 20 games this season, 15 of them in the starting XI and has registered 2 goals and 1 assist to his name. Sean Dyche’s defensive setup has been wonderfully channelled by the Canadian international. It is a shame to see an unfortunate injury keeping him out of the last few games of the season.

Before taking the pitch at Turf Moor, Arfield was breaking strides in the Huddersfield Town lineup and had racked up 119 appearances for the club. He started his professional career with Scottish outfit, Falkirk and was even awarded the Scottish Premiership Young Player Of The Month in December 2007.

Falkirk handed over the number 10 shirt to the 29-year-old, which at the time was a massive achievement. He even appeared for the club in the UEFA Europa League against FC Vaduz in the 2009/10 season and ended the season with 3 goals in 36 appearances.

Burnley is quite rightfully the ‘best of the rest’ following their 7th place finish in the Premier League. Their dream of a season could only be further transcended if the last European spot can be snatched away from an inconsistent Arsenal side.

Nevertheless, it would be wise for the side to start building on their season success and purchasing high-pedigree players is the right move to make. The similar advice can be applied to Rangers FC who just got dismantled by their bitter rivals by 4 goals to nil in the Scotish Cup Final.

The Director Of Football, Mark Allen is working in close proximity with the management team to refurbish the side ahead of the 2018/19 season. Arfield will be an experienced head who could finally get things going for the Ibrox-based outfit.

Read More: Rangers Club Captain Set To Join Motherwell: Should The Gers Let Him Go?

Overcoming the Celtic dominance can only be done by the Light Blues and matching the talent pool will go a long way in achieving that goal, including the appointment of a new manager.

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