Scott Arfield believes having Steven Gerrard as manager will “definitely attract top players” to Rangers this summer, after the 29-year-old became the first player to commit his future to Gerrard’s Ibrox revolution.
The midfielder completed a four-year deal to move from Burnley to sign for the Light Blues after months of speculation – and thinks having Gerrard adds to the club’s existing appeal.
The Canada international thinks Gerrard taking over at Ibrox “suits everyone” and believes the appointment gives “everyone a buzz” as the Gers look to dust themselves off after a disappointing season.
“Gerrard will definitely attract top players,” Arfield said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“Rangers already had that appeal because they are a top club but I think it enhances the situation. The stature of him suits a club of this stature.
“It would have been almost quite easy for someone like him to go to a League One or a League Two club, or maybe Championship or bottom half of the Premier League.
“But jumping in here, it just suits everyone and gives everyone a buzz. He was my hero.”
Football Insider verdict
Gerrard’s appointment has created a huge buzz around Ibrox and Gers fans will be hoping Arfield’s assertion that the Light Blues boss will attract “top players” proves to be spot on. Getting in a better quality of player in the squad is absolutely vital and Gerrard should hopefully be able to attract better players. Appointing the Liverpool icon has even got the attention of those who have little interest in football – as well as global attention from those who do – and players across the planet will suddenly give a little more consideration over a move to play in Scotland than they would have this time last year. With eight weeks until the Gers’ Europa League campaign gets underway, Gerrard needs to get to work and bring in his players if he is going to make a strong start and get off on the best foot. After last season’s early disappointments, an early European defeat could prove to be a massive setback for Gerrard in his first managerial role.
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