Kevin Thomson identifies Scott Arfield who is key to getting best from Morelos

Rangers hero Kevin Thomson has been raving about Ibrox star Scott Arfield – and believes the Canadian star is “key” to getting the best out of Alfredo Morelos.

The Rangers star has scored a number of vital goals already this year and Thomson admits he was one of “few players” involved against Hamilton that would be able to score the “unbelievable” goal that he did.

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 14: Konstantin Zyrianov of Zenit St. Petersburg is challenged by Kevin Thomson of Glasgow Rangers during the UEFA Cup Final between Zenit St. Petersburg and Glasgow Rangers at the City of Manchester Stadium on May 14, 2008 in Manchester, England.

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Thomson highlighted the “really clever runs” Arfield makes to support Morelos in the final third of the pitch with the former Falkirk, Huddersfield and Burnley star in a “rich vein of form.”

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“The manager said at the start of the season that he had hit unbelievable heights last season, he took the team by storm and took the league by storm,” Thomson told the Glasgow Times.

“He was one of the fan favourites with the trademark celebration and he was very popular.

“He set those standards in his first season and was then maybe a bit stop-start at times and it has been harder for him to get to those heights. But in recent weeks he has popped up with some great goals.


“The finish against Hamilton was unbelievable and he was one of few players on the pitch that were capable of doing that.

“He could have had two against Kilmarnock and scored against Livingston. So he is in a rich vein of form and I think he is key in linking midfield to Alfredo, he makes really clever runs and supports Alfredo really well.”

Arfield has hit the net six times already since the turn of the year, and has been vital for the Light Blues amid their poor form since the winter break.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 29: Scott Arfield of Rangers celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Ross County at Ibrox Stadium on January 29, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The Rangers star will almost certainly start against Braga on Thursday night in the Europa League and will be hoping to continue his purple patch a little bit longer.

With the Gers’ season hanging by a thread after the disappointing start to 2020, Arfield’s determination and drive could be vital in helping them end their slump and get back to their best.

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‘Buzzing for this’ ‘this is gonna be fun’ – Some Bears rejoice as UEFA released a video confirming that VAR will be in use at Ibrox

Rangers fans have reacted after UEFA released a video confirming that VAR will be in use at Ibrox for the Europa League Round of 32 fixture against Braga.

The official Rangers FC Twitter passed on the UEFA communication on Monday evening, getting fans talking about the impact it could have on Thursday’s game.

It’s the first time the system has been in use at the ground in any capacity, so Gers players and fans are very much stepping into the unknown.

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In an attempt to provide some clarity, UEFA’s video explains the four circumstances in which VAR checks can be utilised.

The referee can call on assistance only for decisions relating to goals, incidents in the penalty area, red cards, or in the case of mistaken identity.

Assistance will only be called upon in those instances if there’s a suggestion of a clear and obvious error with the original decision and the system will not be used in other circumstances.


VAR in some form has been in use across top European leagues for some time, and in the English Premier League since the beginning of this campaign.

VAR has caused controversy in England but will be in place when Rangers take on Braga. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

It’s not without its critics, especially south of the border. However, the majority of Bears appear to be at least partly positive about it’s use for this game.

Poor refereeing decisions have cost Rangers points and trophies this season, but with the assistance in place, there’s a hope that high-profile mistakes are more likely to be eliminated.

Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:

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Talented teenager Charlie Lindsay steals show for young Gers with stunning free-kick and MoM display

16-year-old Charlie Lindsay stole the show for Rangers in the Alkass Cup on Monday, with a stellar performance in a 4-4 draw against Aspire Academy.

Lindsay, who had netted a late winner against Samsung Suwon in the opening game, was back on the scoresheet in Doha in another thrilling contest.

There were a remarkable seven goals in the first half, with the Gers always playing catch up after an impressive start from the hosts.

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2-0 down with ten minutes on the clock, it took a moment of brilliance from the Northern Irish teenager to get his side up and running.

Placing the ball for a set-piece on the left around 30 yards from goal, he looked likely to whip in a cross, but instead, went for goal, catching out the opposition ‘keeper and finding the top corner.

On the half an hour mark, the lively Dire Mebude netted following a third goal from Aspire and with defences continuing to struggle, Lindsay grabbed his second with a cool finish on the stroke of half-time in response to a fourth from the hosts.


The second half was a more settled affair, with just the one goal following the first half flood.

It came for the resilient young Gers in the 89th minute, courtesy of Rory Wilson. Lindsay was involved again in the build-up, and when Robbie Ure saw his shot parried, Wilson was on hand to turn in the follow-up.

Another impressive result in Qatar, then, especially considering Rangers trailed by at least a goal for the vast majority of the game.

As a reward for his fine individual display, Lindsay earned the Man of the Match.

It certainly seems as though he’s a player worth keeping an eye on. Particularly, given that he’s already had a taste of senior football, becoming Belfast club Glentoran’s youngest ever player when appearing as a substitute in the County Antrim Shield in 2019, aged just 15.

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Greg Docherty has been ‘everything’ Jack Ross expected after English battle

Hibs boss Jack Ross has opened up on Rangers loanee Greg Docherty’s impact at Easter Road since his deadline day move – and admitted that the midfielder has “brought everything (he) expected.”

Docherty scored his second goal for the Hibees in the win over Kilmarnock yesterday and has really caught the eye with his performances for the Easter Road side.

Hibernian manager Jack Ross during the Scottish Premier League match between Hibernian and Motherwell at Easter Road on 23 November, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Ross got to see Doc first-hand last season while he was managing Sunderland and the 23-year-old was on loan at Shrewsbury Town and was “really impressed” with his improvement as a player.

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“He’s brought everything I expected,” Ross told BBC Scotland.

“I was fortunate to see him first-hand last season because I was managing against his team when he was at Shrewsbury and I was really impressed with the way he had grown then as a player.

“I thought he had improved again from his time at Hamilton and had grown in stature, belief and confidence – and his all-round play had improved.”


After struggling to force his way into the first-team plans at Ibrox this season, a loan move was the best thing for Docherty to get out and play consistently.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 18: Joseph Aribo of Rangers celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game with Greg Docherty of Rangers during the UEFA Europa League First Qualifying round 2nd Leg match between Rangers and St Joseph at Ibrox Stadium on July 18, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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It is difficult to see him have much of a future left at Rangers through – despite still having plenty of time remaining on his Ibrox contract.

Whether his time at Hibs can help him impress Steven Gerrard, or win a move elsewhere, remains to be seen but he’s doing a fantastic job of keeping his name in the headlines so far.

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‘Little Hagi’ – These Rangers fans are loving gallus Kai Kennedy skills in semi defeat

Rangers Colts were knocked out of the Challenge Cup yesterday after an agonising 2-1 defeat by Inverness CT – but Gers fans on Twitter were left drooling over a sublime piece of skill by Ibrox youngster Kai Kennedy.

With barely 20 seconds played, the gallus Rangers teen pirouetted his way out of trouble, leaving three Caley players in his wake as the Gers started the game on the front foot.

Kennedy has won rave reviews for the Colts this season, even making his first-team debut in the Scottish Cup win over Stranraer, and impressed again as they went down to Caley’s vastly-experienced side.

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The midfielder replaced Joe Aribo with 10 minutes remaining in the Stranraer and his latest showing will no doubt lead to calls for more first-team action for him.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 17: Kai Kennedy of Rangers controls the ball during the Scottish Cup fourth round match between Rangers and Stranraer FC at Ibrox Stadium on January 17, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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It’s clear there’s a massively talented young player there though and Rangers must do everything they can to make the most of his ability and prepare him for the first-team.

Fans on Twitter were blown away with Kennedy yesterday – with one saying he was like a “little Hagi” on the ball.


Here are some of the comments from Rangers fans on Twitter:

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Rangers set to be handed Ibrox boost after major discussions

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has confirmed he is confident of signing a new contract with the Ibrox club.

Reports that Gerrard was set to sign a new deal [STV] surfaced before the Betfred Cup Final defeat at the weekend.

Speaking as he previewed his side’s crunch Europa League decider with Young Boys, Gerrard suggested that the belief he has in the squad he has helped build made this a “pretty simple decision”.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity in the first place to get a chance to manage and lead this football club,” said Gerrard [Rangers].

“I’ve enjoyed my time here so far, I think we’re going in the right direction. If you’re happy, then why not? That’s my motto.

“I believe in these players, I believe in the club, in the direction it’s going.

“On the evidence of what I have seen at the weekend even though the day didn’t go in our favour, there was enough evidence there for me that if we keep doing the right things, keep working hard for each other our day will come, and I want to part of that.

“The club approached me a week to 10 days ago about a new deal and it’s a pretty simple decision as far as I’m concerned.

I want to stay around, I’m happy here, I’m as hungry and determined to get the good days back here as I ever was so talks have been pretty straightforward and positive.

When it’s signed and announced you’ll have to wait and see.

In the last eighteen months, Steven Gerrard has transformed Rangers from essential no-hopers into real title contenders.

There is still work to be done by Gerrard clearly believes the side have shown enough already that more opportunities for silverware will come for Rangers.

Gerrard signing a new contract also stands as a major statement of commitment from both parties.

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Former Rangers captain Davie Weir thinks Euro crunch could be ‘armageddon’ for Gers

Former Rangers captain Davie Weir thinks the Europa League clash with Young Boys tomorrow could be Armageddon for Rangers after failing to win against Celtic and Aberdeen over the last week.

The Light Blues welcome the Swiss to Ibrox knowing a point will seal their place in the last 32 of the competition but Weir knows how quickly crisis can envelop a Rangers manager after a few bad results.

Weir is confident the Gers are the better of the two sides and thinks it is a great game for Rangers to banish their recent blues and avert crisis.

“Rangers have drawn with Aberdeen, they have lost to Celtic in the cup final.

“The next game becomes armageddon, you are only two or three games away from a crisis and very quickly that can surround you.

“Thursday becomes a massive game, but it’s a great game for Rangers. They are a better group than the team they are playing, they are at home and they know what they need to do.

Rangers could still make it through if they lose on Thursday but the Gers need to get back to winning ways after drawing a Pittodrie then losing at Hampden.

The games are coming thick and fast for Gerrard’s side just now and they’ll head to Fir Park on Sunday in the Scottish Premiership as they look to close the gap to Celtic at the top of the table.

With an Old Firm at the end of the month, Rangers simply can’t afford any more slip-ups in the league if they are to push for title number 55.

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Rangers deserve better explanation after officially recognised UEFA body FARE apologises

The Fans Against Racism in Europe (FARE) Network have been forced to apologise to Rangers and their supporters for a retweet which appeared on their official Twitter account.

Following allegations of sectarian chanting from Celtic captain Scott Brown after the Betfred Cup Final, FARE reweeted a 30-year-old video of former Rangers players singing banned songs.

In the video’s caption, Rangers fans were referred to as the “manky mob” amongst other unpleasant and unprofessional slurs.

According to emails obtained by Four Lads Had a Dream and attributed to Adnan Ouedraogo, the group has put the liability for sending the tweet on an employee:

“We do not support this position or any of the language related to the tweet and it was mistakenly retweeted from one of our employee’s phones.

“Please, excuse this, it has been taken from the page.

“We will assure you that this happened mistakenly and will not happen again. We did not mean to insult Rangers Football Club in any sort of way.”

Four Lads Had a Dream also pointed out that FARE have reported Rangers in every UEFA match for the last few years.

These complaints led to charges in two matches, which saw sections of Ibrox closed for games against Legia Warsaw and Feyenoord.

The club also refused their allocation for the match against Young Boys [Rangers] as a show of goodwill.

Situation raises questions about FARE’s suitability to judge Rangers

Rangers have taken monumental strides in the challenging of unacceptable behaviour in recent years.

The club recently praised all fans for their approach to initiatives such as Everyone, Anyone, which chairman Dave King was quick to point has been supported by politicians.

But questions will now be asked over FARE’s suitability to be able to judge the club’s progress or even their current status in this regard.

Can the Ibrox side truly be adjudged fairly by a group, or members of a group, who have endorsed unacceptable language concerning Rangers fans?

Does the same apply to those who ignore the steps Rangers have taken to eradicate sectarianism?

Will this employee ever be allowed to influence decision-making concerning Rangers?

Is an email to a club insider really enough and does this warrant further investigation and explanation?

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Rangers learn quarter-final opponents as they look to retain Scottish Youth Cup

Rangers under-18s have been drawn to face Partick Thistle in the quarter-finals of the Scottish FA Youth Cup after cruising into the last eight with a win over Ross County.

The Young Gers lifted the trophy last season and are one step closer to retaining it after last week’s win in the Highlands, and now need to get past the Jags.

Kane Ritchie-Hosler, Aaron Lyall, Chris McKee and Murray Miller all got themselves on the scoresheet in Dingwall against Ross County in the last round and will be hoping they can continue their dominant form through the Christmas period and into 2020.

Rangers have already beaten Celtic in the competition this season, a repeat of last year’s final, and will surely be the favourites to go on and lift the trophy again this term.

Kilmarnock, Hearts, Morton, Partick Thistle, Aberdeen Bonnyrigg Ross and the winner of Tuesday’s meeting between St. Johnstone and Dundee United all joined Rangers in the hat for the last eight.

Morton travel to face Hearts, Kilmarnock host Bonnyrigg Rose, and Aberdeen take on the winner of the remaining game from the last round for a place in the semis.

Ties are currently scheduled for Friday, January 24th.

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Gerrard confirms Rangers injury blow rules Filip Helander out of Young Boys clash

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Filip Helander will miss tomorrow night’s Europa League clash with Young Boys through injury – as the Gers boss deals with a growing injury list.

The Swede limped out of Sunday’s League Cup final defeat in the final minutes with Niko Katic replacing him and the Gers boss also has a number of others missing for the crunch Ibrox clash.

Steven Davis will also miss out, as will Jordan Jones, while George Edmundson didn’t train today but is expected to be available for tomorrow.

Helander won’t be available, he had a scan on his foot today, Gerrard said, as quoted by Rangers’ official Twitter account.

Davis won’t make tomorrow but won’t be too far away. Jones isn’t available for selection but played 60 minutes yesterday and is getting close. Edmundson missed training today with an illness but should make it.

That means Niko Katic is almost certain to get the nod to start alongside Connor Goldson at the heart of the Rangers defence as they look to secure their place in the last 32 of the Europa League.

With a run of crucial games to come before facing Celtic at the end of the month, Gerrard will be hoping he can get his squad back to a full complement as soon as possible.

Katic is a big favourite with Gers fans so his return to the side will almost certainly be well received, with many not happy he’d lost his place to Helander to begin with.

Whether the Swede faces an extended spell on the sidelines remains to be seen but the Gers have a more-than-able deputy in Katic available.

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