EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Rangers beat four teams from the English Championship and Major League Soccer to the signing of Scott Arfield, Football Insider understands.
Arfield completed his move to Rangers from Burnley on a free transfer on Monday after passing his medical in Glasgow and signing what the club’s official site claim is a four-year contract.
The Canada international is the first signing of the Steven Gerrard regime at Rangers and the Scottish giants fended off interest from a number of clubs to lure Arfield to Ibrox.
A well-placed Rangers source has told Football Insider that Championship giants and former European Cup winners Aston Villa were also in hot pursuit of the 29-year-old, as well as Derby County and MLS duo Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC.
However, Arfield snubbed the interest from elsewhere to sign a four-year deal worth £5.3million in total – equivalent to £25,000-a-week, with Rangers and return to Scotland where he started his career.
Arfield started his career in the Scottish Premiership with Falkirk before moving to England with Huddersfield in 2010.
After three seasons with Huddersfield he joined Burnley in 2013 and helped the club win promotion to the Premier League in his first season at the club.
Landing Arfield is a major coup for Rangers and Gerrard as they look to build a squad capable of challenging champions Celtic next season.