PLAYING for Steven Gerrard and Gary McAllister made joining Rangers an “easy decision” for Scott Arfield.
Arfield, who today signed a four year deal with the Light Blues, becomes the first new arrival of the Gerrard era.
And, while excited at the prospect of learning from one of his footballing idols, he also feels this is the right move for him at this stage in his career.
Speaking exclusively to RangersTV, Arfield said: “When you have a name like that, and also his number two Gary McAllister, it was quite an easy decision, and also an easy decision for me and my family to come back up the road and to come to a club this size is perfect for me at this time in my career.
“I was lucky enough to play against Steven when I was at Burnley and he was just finishing off at Liverpool.
“He’s been every midfielder’s inspiration I think and he was certainly mine. I’m incredibly lucky that in the next four years I’m going to work every day with him and hopefully learn a lot.”
After leaving Falkirk in 2010, Arfield joined Huddersfield Town and then Burnley three years later, working his way through the leagues to eventually becoming a Premier League star.
He feels he has learned so much from every level he has played at, and hopes now to display that in the blue of Rangers.
“Even when I went down to England to League One,” he continued, “it was a completely different environment to what I was used to when I left Falkirk.
“It’s easy to go in the Premier League and you can play so many years and drop down, but I did it in reverse going from League One up.
“It helped so much staying in a different place away from family, and now I am coming back here a completely different person, and I think the experiences of playing against those top players at Premier League level can only help.”
Arfield can now look forward to playing in front of 50,000 at Ibrox as a Ranger, having previously experienced it as a visiting player for Falkirk and Burnley.
“[At Burnley] It’s only the away games really that you play against those sort of crowds,” he added. “We were 25,000 for the last eight years there, but that is what this club is all about.
“If you can’t handle the expectation and you don’t want to take responsibility then you shouldn’t walk through the front door. I’m at a time in my life where I can take that.
“I remember the pre-season game that I managed to score in and the boys came off the bus and before the final whistle there was 22,000 in a pre-season game. I remember getting back on the bus after the game and the boys down there don;t know anything like it. It is normally 200 people at a pre-season game and nobody really cares but up here it is completely different. That whetted my appetite to come back up the road and thankfully, three years later, I’m back here sat in this chair.”