Steven Gerrard cites ambition and positivity as key reasons as to why he chose Rangers to begin his managerial career.

Scott Arfield has joined Rangers from Burnley on a four-year deal, becoming the first signing of the Steven Gerrard era.

Arfield, 29, had been with Burnley since 2013 and has won 12 caps for Canada.

“When you have a name like [Gerrard], and also his No. 2 Gary McAllister, it was quite an easy decision, and also an easy decision for me and my family to come back up the road and to come to a club this size is perfect for me at this time in my career,” Arfield told RangersTV.

“I was lucky enough to play against Steven when I was at Burnley and he was just finishing off at Liverpool. He’s been every midfielder’s inspiration I think and he was certainly mine. I’m incredibly lucky that in the next four years, I’m going to work every day with him and hopefully learn a lot.”

Former Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield
Former Burnley midfielder and Canada international Scott Arfield has joined Rangers.

Arfield came through the ranks at Falkirk, playing 122 games across three seasons, and moved to Huddersfield Town in 2010 before joining Burnley in 2013.

“It’s pleasing also that we have been able to start our rebuilding process so quickly after the end of the season,” Gerrard said in a statement. “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.”


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