HE had waited over 400 professional games to do it but Scott Arfield says he was glad his first senior hat-trick came for Rangers.

At 30-years-old the midfielder, deployed in a more forward role at Motherwell to support Jermain Defoe from the left, bagged all three goals in the Gers 3-0 win in a career first.

The Canada captain jumped on a defensive mistake to strike on 22 minutes before adding a second before the break and then scoring his third after unselfish work from striker Defoe.

Arfield took the match ball to celebrate with the Light Blues travelling numbers at full-time and cut a delighted figure.

Speaking to RangersTV he smiled:

“It means a lot and to do it for a club this size in front of the travelling support at a place like this.

“Motherwell are a top team now, they are drastically different to what they were at the start of the season.

“They like to go and play and I think that suited us today, the chances came and thankfully I put them away.

“The advanced role here is slightly different to the one I had at Burnley, there it was in a 4-4-2 and wide at either side, coming in pockets.

“This, today especially was right up and I think Jermain needs people around him to slot him in. He is different from Alfredo and Laff and I tried to complement his game as much as possible.

“Sometimes that takes a little bit away from your game but it was all about me and Daniel to try and get him in the game and we did that.

“Thankfully on the third one he passed it to me which I am not sure he would have done!”

Rangers turned in another commanding attacking display at Fir Park while keeping a second clean sheet in four days.

Arfield believes the team’s performances in the past week have shown what they are capable after a sticky period in March.

He continued: “That is six goals in two games and that is what we want to do, we want to entertain fans.

“They were quite rightly angry with March, we fell away quickly and in the dressing room it wasn’t good enough and we knew that. It is all about now, bouncing back and getting after teams.

“Even yesterday we were working on a system that was going to get after Motherwell and exploit them in certain positions.

“If we could do that higher up the pitch then that was exactly what we wanted to do. Jacko for the second goal just puts it on a plate for me and thankfully that went in then J set me up for the third and I think it was a defensive error for the first one.

“That is what we wanted to do, press them up there and we have done it on numerous occasions this season at different times but we haven’t consistently done it for a number of games.

“Hopefully the tricky time in March is behind us now and we press teams highly like we did against Celtic at Ibrox and really get after teams.”

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