We’re seeing a lot of nonsense online claiming Rangers are set to ‘cash in’ on Nigerian superstar Joe Aribo purely because he enters into the final year of his contract this summer.
We say nonsense, because a great number of these supposedly-Rangers supporting websites (aye ok) allege Rangers would take a modest £5M given he’s going to be just 12 months away from a free transfer, and we have to say this is quite simply poppycock.
Joe Aribo is one our most valuable assets – in top form, at his best, with a healthy and long contract to his name, he’s potentially Scotland’s first £30M+ player.
He’s been outstanding this season, and impressive at the AFCON too, and furthermore:
Joe Aribo owes Rangers. That doesn’t mean to sound as confrontational as it possibly might, because we know the lad is a good soul and a fine ambassador for the club, but the move to Rangers has given him a much bigger profile than he could have ever achieved at Charlton, and he’s become an international as well thanks to the move.
He’s also strutted his stuff in the Europa League against the cream of Europe, something he’d never do had he moved to Aston Villa, which was said to be the rival opposition for his signature.
And this summer the chances are he will be preparing for UCL group participation.
In short, we’ve given him everything, and if he is to leave for the bright lights of the PL, we wouldn’t begrudge that, but we’d hope he’d sign a new deal before then to ensure we get big money for him.
Aribo is a class act, and has been a exemplary Ranger.
Let’s hope that continues, however his career unfolds.