Rangers are weaker without the dextrous presence of Scott Arfield in midfield, but Steven Gerrard will be able to find a solution in his absence.
That is according to former Aberdeen, Livingston and Dunfermline winger Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after it was established that the £25,000-a-week Canada international would miss two to three games due to injury.
As quoted by the Scottish Sun before Saturday’s 1-0 Old Firm victory, Gerrard confirmed the Light Blues midfielder sustained an ankle injury in the Boxing Day win over Hibs that would leave him without Scotland-born Arfield.
Whelan was unequivocal in saying that Rangers will miss Arfield working the levers in midfield, but that manager Steven Gerrard will have a workaround up his sleeve.
He told Football Insider: “When you start missing these players that have got bags of experience, who are leaders in your side – and he is a leader, and he’s been getting on the scoresheet as well this season – they’re gonna be a big miss.
“You want to kind of keep that continuity within your midfield, you’ve just found that nice little formula that works and all of a sudden there’s a spanner in the works.
“I think Steven Gerrard I think will adapt though.”
Arfield arrived at Ibrox on a free transfer after five years with Burnley, three of them in the Premier League.
Steven Gerrard’s first signing as Gers manager, Arfield’s experience at the elite level has shone through since joining Rangers – the 32-year-old has played 126 times and scored 28 goals in total.