Rangers star playmaker Joe Aribo has corrected both his manager and the press by suggesting it’s not ‘aggression’ or ‘anger’ he’s been encouraged to add, but in fact it’s ‘ruthlessness’ and a touch of being ‘spiteful’.
Speaking pre-St Mirren the man at the centre of all the attention right now (for all the right reasons) had a fantastic match last night, but rejected the notion of aggression and explained he’s trying to be spiteful and ruthless, not aggressive.
Effectiveness. Aribo doesn’t like aggression – there are a lot of reasons for that, one of which is the main one and will remain private, but it means he’s not keen on anger at all.
But the idea, on a football pitch, of being ruthless and spiteful with the ball, of being dangerous with it and effective without is how he seems to want to play now, and how Stevie is encouraging him to develop his game.
Don’t get us wrong, aggression definitely has its place on the pitch, but Aribo seems quite averse to that style, which Alfredo Morelos formerly used to be so competent at.
So instead he likes, especially, being ruthless and clinical.
And as long as it reaps rewards for the club, we’re all for it.