Ally McCoist lauds Scott Arfield's out of this world first-half touch
Ally McCoist has told BT Sport (broadcast on 14/8; 20:49) that Scott Arfield‘s touch to set up for Alfredo Morelos for a late first-half Rangers chance at Ibrox on Wednesday was simply out of this world.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men more than played their part in an exhilarating half of football in the Champions League. Of course, the Gers needed to produce a big reaction on an emotional night at Ibrox.
Napoli had their chances before the break. And ultimately, they ended up winning by some margin. But Rangers produced some scintillating football at times. And much of it came from the electric boots of Ryan Kent.
And it seemed that some good work from the winger was about to lead to an opportunity being put on a plate for Morelos on the stroke of the interval.
His cross found Arfield inside the box. Rather than try an ambitious attempt with his back to goal, the Canada international produced a delicious lay-off for Morelos on the edge of the area.
Unfortunately, Morelos fluffed his lines and barely made contact with the ball. But McCoist was keen to still praise Arfield for the moment of brilliance.
“The lay-off looked fantastic, great delivery. This touch here is out of this world,” he told BT Sport while reflecting on Arfield’s pass. “Do you know something, it’s never one to strike with the instep. It’s a side foot finish all day with a bit of bend on it.”
Arfield’s out of this world touch
Arfield’s touch was a reminder of some of the quality that he still possesses less than two months before his 34th birthday – even if it was not a perfect night for the midfielder by any means.
Rangers boast a cluster of experienced professionals who continue to silence their doubters. Allan McGregor returned to the starting lineup for the tie and made a massive save in the first-half. He also saved two penalties after the break.
Meanwhile, Steven Davis looks like he could continue for some time yet. And he turns 38 at the turn of the year.
Obviously, Rangers cannot rely on those players forever. But they continue to show that they can make an impact on the biggest stages.
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