Ibrox Exclusive: McNamara claims Rangers mainstay saw weaknesses exposed v Celtic
Jackie McNamara claims that Rangers midfielder Scott Arfield saw his weaknesses exposed by Celtic as he struggled to make an impact in the Old Firm clash.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Scotland international says that the Canadian star clearly struggled with the pressure he was put under by Celtic’s midfield.
Goals from Odsonne Edouard and Jonny Hayes condemned the Gers to a 2-0 defeat at Ibrox, Arfield and the rest of Steven Gerrard’s attack struggling to threaten the visitors’ goal.
McNamara says that the Hoops nullified the former Burnley man’s impact by closing down space around him and that being constantly under pressure demonstrated the weaknesses in his game.
McNamara told Football Insider: “I think he only does well in wee bits, in the little pockets, he gets into little areas and the inside channel.
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“They obviously thought they could hurt Celtic in that position but they didn’t get that service there or that composure into him because Celtic caused him problems. That was down to Celtic’s players.”
Arfield emerged as one of Rangers’ top performers last season after moving north of the border on a free transfer, playing 46 times and scoring 12 goals from midfield.
He has continued as a mainstay under Gerrard into the current campaign, featuring in 10 games across all competitions, all but one coming in the starting XI.