Finding himself in more playing time with injuries to other midfielders, Scott Arfield has played at a really high level.
Scott Arfield was brought in last Spring by Rangers. The veteran midfielder has spent the last several seasons playing in England for Burnley FC. The Scottish born player represents Canada on the international level and is also the national team captain.
Arfield has been a regular contributor all season, appearing in 13 matches and playing heavy minutes. That said, he has simply been one member of the midfield rotation for Rangers. At times this year Rangers have, at times, looked vulnerable in the midfield.
Over the last few games, however, Arfield was pushed into a much more prominent role. Both Ryan Jack and Ovi Ejaria, both players who have generally been preferred starters by Steven Gerrard this year, suffered injuries.
Arfield being pushed into a more prominent role has coincided with the return of Lassana Coulibaly and over the last three matches, two in the Scottish Premiership and one Europa League clash in Spain against Villareal, the pair of midfielders have proven a deadly combination with Arfield, in particular, standing out.
Even in the simple numbers, it has been great for Arfield. In the three games he has scored a pair of goals (including Rangers first goal on Spanish soil in over a decade I believe) and has two assists. (both in this weeks route of St Johnstone)
Being placed in a more central offensive role next to an athletic ball-winner like Coulibaly has allowed Arfield to thrive as a playmaker and runner. He has been great at making a pass and then immediately making a run to the scoring area. Over the last three games there is a very good argument for Arfield having been Rangers best player, so much of the offense has gone through him in such a great way.
Time will tell if the 29-year-old can keep his form at such a high level, but Steven Gerrard will have to think long and hard about taking Arfield out of the everyday starting lineup even once the midfield is back to full health. Regardless, given that the midfield has at times been a weakness this season it is great to see it suddenly become a strength over the last three games.