Jackie McNamara believes Rangers’ Scott Arfield has had his game exposed following his recent performance.
The Light Blues were on the wrong end of a 2-0 Old Firm derby defeat to Celtic prior to the international break and the ex-player-turned-pundit has revealed he feels the Canadian had struggled throughout the game.
Arfield was playing further forward for Steven Gerrard’s side in the game (per Sky Sports), however, McNamara felt the experienced midfielder could not handle the pressure that he faced in that position.
He 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.
“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.”
It would not have been a surprise if more had been expected of the Canada international in such a high-profile game for the Gers, as he has been a mainstay for Gerrard since arriving from Burnley in the summer of 2018.
Indeed, comments from pundits can be rather controversial or opinion-splitting at the best of times, and it appears McNamara’s may fall into the latter of the two categories.
Despite being rather subjective, player ratings normally give onlookers a fair reflection of how well an individual performed, especially when they come from dedicated fan sites.
Ibrox Noise, perhaps, agreed with McNamara’s comments about Arfield being ineffective in the position Gerrard utilised him in as they stated that he made “next to no impact up front”.
However, Rangers News felt the 30-year-old did cause Celtic problems, although they admitted it was more in defensive terms rather than when the Light Blues were going forward.
With important games against Livingston and a Europa League campaign that will see the Bears take on Feyenoord, BSC Young Boys and Porto, Arfield is going to have to be back at his very best if the Scottish outfit are to go one better than last season in European competition.
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