Alan Hutton has been left raving after Scott Arfield continued his “brilliant” Rangers run of form against Benfica on Thursday night.
The former Gers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admitted he thought the 32-year-old’s place at Ibrox was under threat of slipping down the pecking order this season amid the “massive” competition for a midfield role under Steven Gerrard.
The Canada international opened the scoring against the Portuguese side at Ibrox as the two sides battled it out to a 2-2 draw.
Arfield has now scored in each of his last three games and he has a total of six goals under his belt for the season.
Having seen the former Burnley star start six of the opening seven Premiership games on the bench, Hutton admitted he thought Arfield might have to play a backup role.
However, the ex-Gers defender has lauded the in-form midfielder for taking his chance and cementing his place in the starting XI.
Hutton told Football Insider: “Do you know what? Some players just thrive off, the doubters, if you want, and turn it into positive energy and he’s done that.
“There’s been massive competition come in this year, I feel like that was one area that Rangers needed strengthening as the whole squad, if you like. His position did come under threat and he’s kind of taken on the challenge.
“He’s proved to everyone that he should be a number one starter and that’s by putting in good performances and probably training really well, to a high standard week in, week out, so I think he’s done excellently.
“He’s one of the first names on the team sheet and it’s brilliant from him, taking on the challenge as we say, and he deserves to be in the position he’s in so well done to him.”
Arfield has now started 14 times in his 22 appearances across all competitions this season.
All but 10 of his 49 appearances last term came among the starting XI, as he managed to chip in with nine goals and five assists.
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