Rangers continued their fine start to the Scottish Premiership season as they recorded a 1-0 victory against St. Mirren on Sunday afternoon, however fans were far from happy with the performance of Scott Arfield at the Paisley 2021 Stadium.
FULL-TIME: St Mirren 0-1 Rangers
Borna Barišić’s free-kick is the difference in Paisley.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) August 25, 2019
The victory meant Steven Gerrard’s side kept their 100% record going in Scotland’s top-flight in a match that could have been considered a potential banana skin following a long European trip to Poland earlier in the week.
The Gers managed to pick up the three points from a magnificent free-kick by Borna Barisic but, in truth, the Light Blues had a number of chances to see off their opponents before the Croatia international’s moment of magic.
Rangers had plenty of the ball and dominated possession and could have been ahead inside the first four minutes when Jermain Defoe spurned an early opportunity.
Scott Arfield, who appeared to be playing as a second striker for much of the first half (Rangers News), was one individual that did not appear to put in the best of performances on the day and left many on Twitter questioning his display.
In their player ratings, Rangers News gave the Canada international captain a seven out of ten, stating: “Effectively played as a second striker for long spells and wasn’t as effective as he usually is. Unlucky to be denied by the St. Mirren keeper’s face in the first half.”
Football Scotland took no prisoners with their rating of the 30-year-old as they gave him a four and wrote: “Had a header saved looked from close-range that could have put Rangers in front. Looked a yard off the pace to be honest. Poor performance by his standards.”
Indeed, fans appeared to be disappointed with what they witnessed from Arfield and took to Twitter to vent their frustrations.
Here are just some of their reactions…
Am I the only one who thinks arfield has done nothing today?
— andrew (@andrew97bro) August 25, 2019
Cried out for his pace and skill Jones not good enough and arfield was terrible
— Ryan kent loyal (@Ryankentloyal2) August 25, 2019
Arfield has not been at the races at all today. Unlike him
— (@LiamWATP) August 25, 2019
Arfield was rotten the day
— Ryan Smith (@RyannSmithh95) August 25, 2019
Barisic had a good overall game and an absolutely brilliant free kick. So happy he finally got his goal, I said before the game he’s gonna have a MOTM performance and it wasn’t too bad at all. Arfield, Jones, Aribo, Kamara, Helander all need to be better. Good game for Jack also
— Andrew Wilson (@Andrew_GWilson) August 25, 2019
Arfield’s been absolutely shocking
— Scott (@Scott1872__) August 25, 2019
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Arfield’s 1st touch has been awful today
— Tree Fiddy (@ryzo_11) August 25, 2019