Regulars to the site will know of Ibrox Noise’s ‘Borna Barisic Fallacy’ which shows that even a full season might not be enough time for a player to settle in, and it can take as long as 13-15 months before a player truly shows their quality.
Barisic didn’t finally kick into gear at Ibrox till ‘that’ goal v St Mirren in August 2019, well over a year after he’d signed.
And that fallacy has come true again after Joe Aribo took even longer to truly settle at Rangers, with his displays since February and that impressive afternoon v Dundee United being of an entirely different level to what came before.
And the time frame? It took Aribo from summer 2019 to early spring 2021 to truly settle into Scottish football and the weight of the Rangers shirt, having been at Charlton his whole career.
So, 20 months, give or take.
He’d shown glimpses, tonnes of them, but the big Nigerian hadn’t quite wrapped it all up into one consistent package, only demonstrating fleetingly his undeniable quality and technical prowess.
But since February the consistency, confidence, technical brilliance and all-round composure have become a regular sight from the 24-year old, and he was the outstanding outfield player against Celtic in the Old Firm epic, making a mockery of some fans who wanted him to be rested fearing he’d not be up for the battle.
Regulars will also know the lad did a big turn for this site, taking time out to help a reader in need, and this shows his maturity and that he’s a gentleman too – so that only enhances his reputation both as a player and a man.
But of course we’ve liked the player for a long time before then – we just waited and waited for that day the all-round traits of this exceptionally talented player would get laced up in one neat package.
That definitely has happened now, and he’s every inch growing into a key club asset and a credit to the side.
No wonder opponents can’t touch him.