Rangers director of football Mark Allen believes Scott Arfield will help take Rangers to the “next level” after agreeing a four-year deal with the Ibrox giants following his departure from Burnley.
Arfield was presented at Ibrox on Monday afternoon after becoming the first signing of Steven Gerrard’s reign as manager – and Allen thinks that the Canadian international’s playing career speaks volumes for the quality of player that he is.
The former Falkirk and Huddersfield midfielder made 193 appearances for Burnley in five years at Turf Moor and was a regular in the side as the Clarets secured a shock seventh-place finish in the Premier League this season.
Allen insists that he is “very sure” that Arfield has the right pedigree to be a success at Ibrox and claimed it is an “exciting” time to be at the Light Blues.
“You only have to look at where he’s spent most of his career playing,” Allen said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“The type of player Scott is fully fits in with where we’re at in terms of going to the next level.
“Anybody who’s managed to play in the Premier League in England comes with a certain pedigree, of that we’re very sure.
“All our homework that was done on Scott was corroborated by the player and the man himself.
“The project that we’re embarking on is an exciting one and he’s the type of player we want here at Glasgow Rangers.”
Football Insider verdict
Arfield’s career with Falkirk, Huddersfield and Burnley has been one of constant improvement and hard-work as he worked his way up from the Bairns youth system to the riches of the Premier League. Arfield has always impressed, ever since making his debut at Falkirk, and it was a shame to see him head south when the Gers could have recruited him. Arfield now returns to Scottish football a much better player and will hopefully be the benchmark for signings coming into Ibrox this summer. The Light Blues are almost certain to see a massive turnover of players and Arfield’s arrival is likely to only be the first of many new faces paraded at Ibrox before the transfer window closes. The 29-year-old should add some bite to a midfield that has sorely been lacking leadership this season and someone to drive them on. Arfield should fit the bill perfectly – as well as being a quality player in his own right.