Rangers are ready for the real Joe Aribo…

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 25: Joe Aribo of Rangers celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the pre season friendly match between Rangers and Coventry City at Ibrox Stadium on July 25, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland.
He's one who's really struggling..... (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A surprising absence even from the bench at the weekend, we know Joe Aribo was out through an unspecified illness recently, but his injury-disrupted season is a real pity for the fans who know what we saw at the start of the campaign from the big Nigerian.

We don’t know what his status actually is – he travelled with the squad at the weekend but wasn’t named among the subs, but was part of the full warm up at Tannadice.

What we’re excited about is when he finally gets his foot in the Rangers door and starts putting consistent runs together.

Joe Aribo is an exceptionally talented footballer – while he has an awkward-looking frame, he’s a graceful player, with stunning close control and an eye for goal.

His physical strength is admirable and while he lacks pace, he reads games well and often helps out defensively too.

But it’s that attacking prowess Rangers fans are yet to truly, consistently, and continuously see that we expect to light Ibrox up once he’s ready.

True, we’re not sure the recent formation is the best for his attributes, and perhaps doesn’t get the best from him, but with early season work being built around him, there’s every chance when he secures fitness that there’ll be a tweak to the formation to get the best out of him.

Either way though, Aribo, a Nigeria international, has all the potential in the world to be a quite superb talent for Rangers.

And we can’t wait to see it.

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  1. I agree wholeheartedly Aribo is a potentially very talented young player with those key attributes you mentioned. I like him a lot . I prefer him coming in from the area in or either side of the strikers where defenders find it hard to stop him on a run due his skill and strength . I hope he finishes the season well, especially in bigger games like the rotten mob , Sheep and Hibs where the will struggled to stop him .

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