Rangers midfielder Scott Arfield claims he is a “far better player” after eight years in England – and believes is a “more natural leader” for his time with Huddersfield Town and Burnley.
The 29-year-old became Rangers’ first signing of the Steven Gerrard-era when he signed a four-year contract on Monday and believes his is improved both mentally and physically.
Arfield started his career at Falkirk before moving down south in 2010 and is confident he can handle the expectations at Ibrox – insisting he is “ready.”
“I left a good player, I have come back a far better player – mentally, physically,” Arfield said, as quoted by the Belfast Telegraph.
“With my time in England, with promotions and relegations, it can only enhance your career.
“I think I have come back a more natural leader. I went down there almost like a wee boy.
“I fully believe I can handle the expectation at a club like this. When you come here you expect it, and I’m ready.”
Football Insider verdict
After watching Arfield since he first made Falkirk’s first-team, Arfield is a far, far better player for his eight years in England and comes to Ibrox as someone who can make an immediate difference. The 29-year-old has shown over his time in the Championship and Premier League just how good he can be. Signing the Canada international is a fantastic start to their summer business from the Ibrox giants and now, they need to use that as a platform to build on and continue to make quality signings. At 29, Arfield as at the peak of his career and should prove to be a real coup for the Light Blues. If Arfield can handle the expectations – as he claims – then there’s no reason why he can’t go on and be the best player in the country next season as Gerrard;s side try to end Celtic’s recent dominance of the Scottish game and stop them from lifting an eighth consecutive title.
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