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Burnley midfielder becomes Gerrard’s first signing as Rangers manager

The BBC reports that Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield has become Steven Gerrard’s first signing as Rangers manager.

The Canadian international, who is out of contract at Turf Moor, has signed for the Scottish club on a four year deal saying “when you have a name like Gerrard and also his number two Gary McAllister, it was quite an easy decision to make”.

Arfield was born and brought up in Scotland, and started his career at Falkirk, before moving on to Huddersfield and then Burnley. He played for Scotland at under-17, under-19 and B level, but switched his allegiance to Canada because his father was born in Toronto.

Gerrard officially takes over the reins at Ibrox on June 1st but he has already begun to work on his plans for next season, saying “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.

Rangers finished third in this season’s Premiership, with their campaign ending with a dramatic five-all draw with Hibernian on Sunday.  However, they ended 12 points adrift of Champions and bitter rivals Celtic, so Gerrard knows there is work to be done to close the gap.

Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.