EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Rangers will announce Scott Arfield at the first signing of new manager Steven Gerrard today (Monday) on a Bosman free, Football Insider sources understand.
The Light Blues have finalised terms with the midfielder, 29, and he will be confirmed as the first face of the Gerrard revolution.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Rangers have broken the bank to land Arfield ahead of a number of clubs and will pay him in excess of £25,000 a week.
Rangers are planning major changes this summer as they look to close the gap on Old Firm rivals Celtic.
The Ibrox club have elected to take a big chunk out of their budget to land Arfield as they see him becoming a key man in their side for next season.
Arfield has been in and out of the Burnley side this season and Sean Dyche’s side were resigned to the player leaving Turf Moor this summer, as he is out of contract next month.
The 29-year-old started his career in the Scottish Premiership with Falkirk before moving to England with Huddersfield in 2010.
After three seasons with Huddersfield he joined Burnley in 2013 and helped the club win promotion to the Premier League in his first season at the club.
Arfield has been a key player for Sean Dyche’s side as they have established themselves in the Premier League top flight.
Only Ashley Barnes (97) and Ben Mee (96) have made more than Arfield’s 87 top-flight appearances for Burnley.