Hutton hails 'brilliant news for Rangers' after Arfield reveal via Instagram
Alan Hutton has suggested Rangers “will benefit” after Scott Arfield announced his retirement from international football.
The former Gers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 33-year-old must now “focus” on playing club football under Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
Canada international Arfield confirmed via Instagram on Monday (17 January) that he is retiring from international football “with a heavy heart”.
The 19-cap midfielder has featured in all but one Scottish Premiership game since Van Bronckhorst’s arrival in November.
Arfield’s Ibrox deal expires at the end of the season.
Hutton insisted the former Burnley midfielder’s retirement is “brilliant news” for Rangers, and drew comparisons to the end of his own international career.
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“It’s brilliant news for Rangers moving forward,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.
“The travel would be a big issue. It’s different if you’re going from Scotland to European countries but going to Canada and back is a different story.
“You get to a certain age, and I did this myself, and think ‘I could be doing with a rest’.
“He’s played a lot under Van Bronckhorst, and I think that’s what he needs to focus on – playing for Rangers.
“When you get to that age, you have to focus on your day-to-day football. I totally understand why he’s taken that decision, I did the exact same thing and there are loads of players who have done the same.
“I think Rangers will benefit from having a fresh Scott Arfield available to them after the international break.”
Arfield made his Canada debut in 2016 after featuring at under-21 level for Scotland.
The Rangers star has scored 31 goals during his 164-game spell at Ibrox.