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Scott Arfield signs for Rangers on a four-year deal


Scott Arfield (right) with Burnley team-mate Dean Marney

Scott Arfield (right) with Burnley team-mate Dean Marney

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Scott Arfield (right) with Burnley team-mate Dean Marney

Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield has joined Rangers on a four-year deal from the Premier League club and has become new manager Steven Gerrard's first signing.

Arfield, who previously played in the Scottish Premiership for Falkirk and then for Huddersfield Town, was out of contract at the end of the season and was quickly identified as a primary target by Rangers.

Mainly a central midfielder, Arfield has been with Burnley for the past five seasons and played a key role in helping them gain promotion to the Premier League and also to secure European football for next season.

The 12-times capped Canadian international only featured 18 times for the Clarets in this campaign, but he will bring plenty of experience to the table as well as Premier League quality on the pitch.

Arfield made 122 appearances for Falkirk in the Scottish Premiership, so he is certainly no stranger to the league, and was also part of their squad that reached the 2009 Scottish Cup final only to be defeated by the Gers.

“I am delighted to have added Scott Arfield to the squad for next season. He is a talented and competitive midfielder who has competed at a high level in the English Premiership and internationally for Canada," boss Gerrard said.

“It’s pleasing also that we have been able to start our rebuilding process so quickly after the end of the season. There is much more to be done of course as we look to build towards our Europa League campaign which will start in early July.

“Scott is the first one in and I look forward to working with him and the others who will be coming in to strengthen the squad.”

Belfast Telegraph