Glasgow Rangers secured a 23-point lead in the Scottish Premiership with an emphatic 5-0 win against strugglers Ross County on Saturday afternoon.
Ryan Kent scored his first goal of the year to give the Gers the lead before goals from Filip Helander and Joe Aribo extended their lead before half-time.
And Steven Gerrard will have been delighted by the fact that Ryan Jack got himself on the scoresheet after a lengthy injury absence before Connor Goldson’s well-timed header wrapped up victory in the closing stages of the game.
We must reserve special mention for Jack, who has struggled with his fair share of injury problems this season, but this doesn’t mean that the performance of Joe Aribo on the right of the midfield should go unnoticed.
Against the Staggies, the 24-year-old simply dominated the midfield battle, and it was an equally dominant display from the Ibrox side, who largely controlled proceedings from start to finish.
Indeed, he won six of his ten ground duels against John Hughes’ side (60%), and seven overall, which is above his season’s average of 5.5 per game, emphasising the fact that he managed to get the better of the opposition, particularly in the first half,with his counterparts not getting near him at times.
By comparison, his opposite number Iain Vigurs endured a torrid time against the Gers, receiving a low SofaScore rating of 6.9 for his efforts, and it’s no surprise he was replaced with 20 minutes left on the clock.
Aribo has become a key man in Rangers winning their midfield battles having formed a formidable trio with Glen Kamara and Steven Davis since the turn of the year.
Not to be outdone by the likes of Kent and Alfredo Morelos, he took more shots (5) in total than any other player from either side, per SofaScore, which is a marked difference in comparison to his season average of 0.9 shots per game in the Scottish Premiership.
For context, even Kent could only muster four shots throughout the game, whilst Morelos himself surprisingly failed to find the back of the net for the second game in a row, having bagged a brace against Aberdeen.
While admittedly it was against a weaker level of opposition, with Ross County currently lying tenth in the table, that should take nothing away from Aribo’s performance, as there’s no denying the fact that he bullied the opposition, and was a big reason why Rangers were able to secure all three points.