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Rangers must axe Joe Aribo in Europe

Steven Gerrard’s Rangers side travel to Denmark on Thursday as the Gers get ready for another European outing away from Ibrox.

The Liverpudlian’s side beat Brondy 2-0 in their last group stage match, having lost their opening two games to Lyon and Sparta Prague.

The Gers come into the match off the back of a thumping 6-1 win over Motherwell at the weekend. Fashion Sakala scored a hat-trick as Rangers showed off their clinical edge in the Premiership.

He needs a rest

One player who should be ruthlessly axed from the XI is attacking midfielder Joe Aribo. Gerrard must take the ex-Charlton man out of the side and place him on the bench, for his own good and the team’s against Brondby.

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The dynamo has had an incredible amount of game time this season and it appears to be catching up with him on the pitch. Aribo has started all 12 Scottish Premiership matches and all three Europa League group stage games so far, averaging 83 minutes and 81 minutes per outing respectively.

Over the last three games, he has averaged a SofaScore rating of 6.53. Across those appearances, against St Mirren, Aberdeen and Motherwell, he completed four key passes whilst losing the ball a whopping 45 times and losing 32 of his 53 duels – per SofaScore.

This shows that he has not been strong enough in his individual battles or in possession to make a positive impact for Rangers, with four chances created not an outstanding level of production to make up for it.

The Nigerian international has the quality to be a top player for Rangers when he is firing on all cylinders. Ezri Konsa once compared him with Ivorian legend Yaya Toure, saying: “Having Gerrard as his manager at Rangers, that has made him go up another level.

“Joe’s style is unique. When I was with him at Charlton he did remind me for a while of a left-footed Yaya Toure. But you don’t get a lot of midfielders like Joe, there aren’t many around.

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“Like Toure, for a tall guy he’s got such great feet. But that languid style he’s got is actually fairly unique in the game.”

The £5.85m-rated gem averaged a superb SofaScore rating of 7.14 in the Premiership last term, producing seven goals and four assists from midfield. This shows the level he can play at when at his best and that is why he needs to be given a rest against Brondby.

Watching on from the bench on Thursday could allow him to recharge and get ready to go again at the weekend and produce a top performance. Gerrard will surely not want him to be in a position where he is suffering from burnout and then need weeks to get back to 100%, which is why axing him now could be a shrewd decision.

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