Next season is an epic one and the big stage for Rangers to really shine in, but one man sees the stage especially presented to him.
Joe Aribo, such an impressive performer this past season, has all the tools to be an exceptional talent at the highest levels of the game, and while his 20/21 maybe didn’t fully explode into life until early February, it was clear the big Nigerian was starting to flex his muscle and show his full talent.
But next season sees Rangers in the lights of the Champions League, and assets like Aribo are going to be going up a level big time, so it’s safe to say this is the stage a guy like him would expect to excel in.
There’s no getting around how much of an upgrade the CL is from the UEL, and if ever Michael Beale’s intentions of building the entire side around the former Charlton man were valid, it’s over the next few months as the CL qualifiers come into view.
Why are we namechecking Aribo more than anyone else? Because few players in the CL and indeed in the game of football have the physique, power, strength and technical prowess plus pure skill that Aribo does in that particular position.
Usually your number 10 is diminutive, quick, low centre of gravity – Aribo is none of those, and that’s what makes him so unique and exceptional, and the CL may well be the stage for him to shine the most.
Aribo really stands out when he’s in the right zone, and a stage like the CL? That sounds pretty right for him.