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Gerrard gives update on key player absence

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There was a name noticeable by it’s absence on Sunday for the 2-1 win against Hibernian, and for all that he hasn’t played as important a role as he has in previous seasons, Scott Arfield is still a valued member of Steven Gerrard’s squad and it was a surprise to see him missing.

The gaffer has though explained why the 33-year old wasn’t selected in yet another example of Rangers struggling to find any consistency in selection, making it even harder to develop game plans, as reported by The Daily Record:

“The plan was to have Scott Arfield back in the team but he has picked up an illness from his daughter from school. Not Covid related.

“What we have found as a staff, and what I have certainly found this season, is curveballs are coming at you left, right and centre and you have got to adapt and deal with that.

“As a team and a squad, we are because we are in the place where we want to be. But we can still get better and that is the positive thought from my point of view.

“The boys are showing that they are maturing, they are getting better with the experience of last year, we are benefitting from that moving forward.”

Arfield is a big game player, Gerrard frequently relying on his experience when it matters most, his inclusion probably would have been at the expense of Joe Aribo who has looked a little below par recently, not that he has been a passenger, just not his usual dynamic self.

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One thing that Arfield does is not give defences an easy afternoon, he won’t play his football in front of them, instead, always looking to run in behind the forwards and get on the end of crosses from the full-backs – if some of our midfielders have been shot shy recently, it’s certainly an accusation that could never be thrown at the man with the goal celebration that annoys the other half of Glasgow.

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