SCOTT ARFIELD is relishing Rangers’ return to league action at Kilmarnock’s Rugby Park tomorrow night.
The club’s combative midfielder is in fine form following his hugely impressive performance against Celtic on December 29 and he also found the net in Sunday’s friendly win over HJK Helsinki at Ibrox.
It’s not surprising therefore that the 30-year-old is looking forward to facing a Killie side sitting third in the Premiership table just a point behind the Light Blues.
Arfield admits there is still a buzz around the squad following their memorable Old Firm victory which ended 2018 on such a massive high but he is aware that in football things can change quickly. He said: “After a result like that you move on fairly quickly but you remember that feeling and challenge that against the feeling we had at Parkhead in September.
“So there is obviously still a buzz there but it is up to us to keep that buzz going because there is no point in putting all that hard work in and then undoing it tomorrow night.
I think everybody maxed out for the Celtic game and rightly so but every game should be that big when you play for a club of this size.
“Every game is huge and it’s another game towards a successful year. So every game should be that.”
Arfield, speaking alongside Steven Gerrard at this morning’s pre-match press conference at the Hummel Training Centre, was asked about Rugby Park’s artificial playing surface and he said: “I just echo the gaffer’s thoughts and the rest of the managers in this league.
“I don’t think these surfaces should be anywhere near top-level football but it is what it is. It’s another obstacle to overcome and we you need to just go and win the game.”
Jamie Murphy, of course, suffered a knee injury during the Betfred Cup second round tie against Kilmarnock in August and he has been out of action since.
When asked if players approach games on plastic pitches with any trepidation, Arfield responded: “I don’t think you can. If you go in with that you are doing yourself harm and more so the team harm.
“So I don’t think there is any hesitation going into the game and you see these injuries happen in grass football.
“It was one of those things. Obviously it was a shocker for Jamie and a shocker for us and I think it’s more likely to happen on these artificial surfaces. I just echo those thoughts that they shouldn’t be anywhere near it.”