Arfield ready to face Scots

Scott Arfield doesn't feel that he has any point to prove when he lines up for Canada against Gordon Strachan's Scotland at Easter Road.

Tuesday, 21st March 2017, 5:00 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:43 am
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The 28-year-old midfielder made the decision to go through the application process of gaining citizenship last year, having been overlooked by former Celtic boss Strachan on numerous occasions.

With the necessary paperwork ratified, Arfield earned his first full international call up 12 months ago for the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying double-header against Mexico.

Ahead of tomorrow’s friendly, at the home of Hibernian, he said: “With the amount of questions I’ve been asked (about having an added incentive) it probably is, but personally I don’t think I’ve got anything to prove.

“I play at a high level, everybody in football wants to play at this level. I’ve made my decision and I’m very happy with my decision.

“I don’t think I’m lost to that squad, you look over that midfield and it’s probably the hardest area of the squad to break into, so I’m not really missing the Scotland thing.

“I see the different side. In years to come people might see why I took that decision, maybe some people don’t know, but my friends and family know why I took that decision and in years to come it will make everybody happy.”

Arfield made more than 100 appearances in the SPL for Falkirk, scoring 13 league goals for the club before making his move to English football with Huddersfield Town in the summer of 2010.

And he’s excited by his return. “It will be a good week for me,” he said. “It’s the first time I’ve played in Scotland since I left.

“It will be a strange occasion. It’s the first time I’ve played in Scotland since I left seven years ago, and it’s one I’m really looking forward to.

“I think I could fill the stadium myself with the amount of tickets I’ve been asked for, it will be nice to play in front of people who don’t often get down to England to watch my games.”