Burnley manager Sean Dyche has admitted that Canadian international midfielder Scott Arfield “wanted a new challenge” as he confirmed the midfielder is set to join Rangers on a Bosman.
The 29-year-old is set to put pen-to-paper on a pre-contract with the Light Blues and the Clarets boss believes it is a “really good opportunity” for the former Falkirk and Huddersfield ace.
Dyche believes Arfield has been an “amazing servant” at Turf Moor after five years with Burnley and admitted his side wouldn’t stand in his way of talking to his boyhood heroes over a move.
“He wanted a new challenge and the Rangers’ one is an inviting one for him. He was a Rangers fan as a kid and also this a really good opportunity him,” Dyche said, as quoted by Burnley’s official website.
“He’s been a big part of our successes, so when that chance came available and Rangers spoke to us then we made it clear we will allow the player speak to them.
“Scotty has been an amazing servant to us, the way he conducts himself as a professional, the way he is around the community when needed to be, and then on the pitch he has been a very important player for the number of years he’s been with us.”
Arfield has made 20 appearances this season as Burnley sit on the brink of securing a place in next season’s Europa League after their fantastic performances in the Premier League.
Since joining the Clarets from Huddersfield, Arfield has made a total of 193 appearances and scored 22 times.
Football Insider verdict
Arfield is a player the Gers should have signed years ago and it is only a shame it has taken so long to get him to Ibrox. Despite being a Canadian intentional, Arfield is no stranger to Scottish football after making the breakthrough at Falkirk where he first gained attention from the Light Blues. The 29-year-old will be a fantastic addition to the squad at Ibrox and is hopefully a sign of things to come this summer as the Gers look to wrestle the title back from bitter rivals Celtic next season.
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