Hot on the heels of the attack recently on Scott Arfield has been a further bizarre targeting of a Rangers man in Joe Aribo.
The same site to slaughter Rangers’ returning mid has now set its sights on our playmaker, claiming he’s been rotten lately and must be dropped for Brondby.
Once again, stats have been used, which, (and we’ll tell you we love our stats on Ibrox Noise) don’t tell the full story.
But they can also be very selective, and the claim was made that Aribo’s average score the past 3 matches was 7/10.
Oh no, dump him now (!)
Let’s look at the numbers which matter:
Shots, 4. On target, 1. Dribbles, 1. Key passes, 1. Fouled, twice. Oh, and while his passing rate was a modest 75% he had 100% accurate long passes.
But the stat which matters? Cohesion.
Hard to put in numbers how much Aribo drags defenders to him, dribbles through a bunch, and then pulling them all away from others, maybe he loses the ball, but the free team mates have a much easier job of getting it back because they’ve got more space to work with.
Aribo’s influence is unmistakable, and he’s been arguably our best player this season.
To target him as off the boil rather misses the point of what he brings, even when he’s not nailing 500 dribbles and scoring 80 goals.
So, who next will they target?
We shall wait, and see.