Steven Gerrard is getting the very best out of action man Scott Arfield at Rangers this season, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insisted the midfielder was already a “great player” but that he has been given the confidence to take his game to another level this term.
The 32-year-old returned to the starting XI against Lech Poznan on Thursday after featuring as a substitute for the 4-0 win over Ross County on Sunday afternoon.
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His inclusion means he has started all but one of the Gers’ six Europa League group games, although he did feature as a substitute in the 3-3 draw with Benfica.
He has been in fantastic form for the Light Blues, with four goals and two assists in his last seven appearances, all but one of which came among the starting XI.
Whelan has heralded the former Burnley man’s impact in attack this season and suggested Gerrard had given him the confidence and support to get forward.
Whelan told Football Insider: “He was a great player anyway when he was playing in the Premier League and Steven’s obviously getting the best out of him again this season.
“Not only is Scott Arfield one of those players who can do the battling in midfield but he’s getting into really good attacking areas now. The only reason why he can do that is because you feel secure you’ve got players there that are balancing that out.
“He’s not afraid to get in the box so he’ll be happy with his form, Steven Gerrard will be happy that he’s contributing with goals as well because you need that in midfield.
“You can’t always rely on your front three, to be getting these goals he’s popping up at the right time at the minute and he looks very happy in his game and performances.”
In other Rangers news, a former Ger has claimed Gerrard has already snapped up the next Steven Davis.