Rangers told to make 'no-brainer' decision on 512-game duo

Rangers’ decision to either keep hold or let go of midfielders Steven Davis and Scott Arfield this summer is a ‘no-brainer’, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The Ibrox outfit have several experienced stars approaching the end of their current contracts, and manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst must choose who he wants to retain the services of.

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Connor Goldson, Allan McGregor and Leon Balogun are in similar situations to Davis and Arfield, meaning Rangers could lose a significant number of their leadership group in one transfer window.

But the Glasgow giants’ managing director Stewart Robertson revealed the club have not resigned themselves to losing their ageing stars on free transfers just yet.

“Ross Wilson is having talks with all the players whose contracts expire in the summer,” he told Sky Sports (via The Scotsman).

Davis has been a fantastic servant to Rangers throughout his two spells at the club, registering 25 goals and 70 assists in 335 appearances, claiming four league titles, one Scottish Cup and two League Cups along the way.

And Arfield has also proven his worth since arriving from Burnley in 2018, providing 51 goal contributions in 177 outings, playing a key role in the club’s first top-flight title success in 10 years last term.

What has O’Rourke said about Davis and Arfield?

Rangers have risen back to the top of Scottish football after their dramatic decline, and the part that Davis and Arfield have played cannot be overlooked.

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Therefore, O’Rourke believes the club’s hierarchy face a simple decision when it comes to the futures of the experienced engine room operators.

He told GiveMeSport: “I think it’d be a no-brainer for me to keep these two because they’re two players who know the club inside and out and will always give their best to the club.”

Can Davis and Arfield guide Rangers to success?

Davis turned 37 in January, while Arfield celebrated his 33rd birthday in November, and the tough-tackling duo will be hoping to end 2021/22 with some silverware.

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Rangers are set to face Sporting Braga in the Europa League quarter-finals and Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-finals this month, in what could be a decisive month in their season.

But Davis and Arfield will be fully focused on this weekend’s Old Firm derby clash in the league, and with only three points separating the bitter rivals, Rangers may be forced to lean on the midfield pairing’s know-how to see them over the line.

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