Rangers’ Scott Arfield has candidly admitted that he and his fellow midfielders at Ibrox need to improve their scoring tallies.
The Scottish Sun noted that Steven Gerrard’s team reached 100 goals for the season in last Saturday’s 4-1 Scottish Cup win at Hamilton but the 31-year-old Canadian, who struck twice that day, feels that the midfield could contribute more to the goal rush.
He told The Scottish Sun: “It is fair comment we don’t score enough from midfield or from outside the box, particularly at Ibrox when teams sit in and play a low block. It is difficult to play pinpoint passes and play on the half-turn. You have to score goals in different ways. The ability we have as midfielders, we should be scoring more goals.”
A look at Rangers’ scoring figures for the season would support Arfield’s appeal for the team’s midfielders to improve upon their contributions. The strike duo of Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe have scored 46 goals between them, almost half of the squad’s overall tally for the campaign to date.
The Canadian has done more than most to try and relieve the scoring burden on the prolific forwards, with his seven goals making him their next-highest scorer alongside Joe Aribo. Wingers Ryan Kent (six) and Sheyi Ojo (five), along with midfielder Ryan Jack (five), are the only other players in Gerrard’s squad to have scored more than four times in a season in which Rangers have already played 44 matches. [via TransferMarkt]
The January addition of Ianis Hagi could help to improve the Light Blues’ goal contributions from midfield. The on-loan Romanian netted on his first start for the club against Hibernian last week and scored three times in 578 minutes of league action for parent club Genk this term, as well as hitting 14 for FC Viitorul last season.
Rangers lost to Hearts during Morelos’ suspension in January, hitting the target with just two of their 11 shots that day, an indication of their reliance on the Colombian to find the net for them. Their cause has not been helped by the calf injury sustained by Defoe which could potentially rule him out for the rest of February (as per Daily Record).
Should anything preclude Morelos from playing before Defoe comes back, the deprivation of the sources of almost 50% of the team’s goals for the season would pose a real challenge to Rangers unless their midfielders can put Arfield’s words of warning into practice and find the net with greater regularity.
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