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Rangers: Gio van Bronckhorst must axe Joe Aribo

Gio van Bronckhorst’s Rangers return to action in the Premiership away from Ibrox tonight as they look to end a frustrating run of results.

The Gers have been held to a draw in each of their last three competitive outings – including their last two in the league as they dropped points after having a two-goal lead at the weekend.

Van Bronckhorst’s men now come up against St. Johnstone in the Premiership this evening with the chance to draw level with Celtic in the table, if they arch-rivals lose to St. Mirren.

Out of steam

One player the Dutch head coach must brutally axe for this game is central midfielder and wide man Joe Aribo to hand the Nigeria international a much-needed rest.

Should Aribo start tonight?

Yes

Yes

No

No

He has one goal in his last 11 matches for the Gers in all competitions and his display against Motherwell suggested that he is in desperate need of a break.

The attacking gem does not look as sharp and dynamic on the ball as he did a few weeks ago, as he failed to create a single chance or manage an effort on target in 90 minutes – as per SofaScore.

This is not to say that he has been dreadful and is not putting in solid performances, but it feels like he is not playing to the best of his abilities and fatigue could be playing a role in that. His display against Motherwell was a cause for concern and his performance levels could get worse if he continues to be overplayed in the coming weeks.

Therefore, van Bronckhorst could benefit from axing him for this match as he appears to have run out of steam and he must avoid burning Aribo out heading into the clutch time of the campaign.

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A game or two on the sidelines could do him the world of good after a busy period of football, with the midfielder playing week-in-week-out for the Gers after also heading out to play for his country in the African Cup of Nations back in January.

The midfielder was dubbed as having “unbelievable strength” by Cammy Bell earlier this year, but fatigue can affect anyone and Aribo is no exception.

He must now be dropped to the bench so that he can have a rest and make sure that he is able to return to the starting XI against Aberdeen at Ibrox at the weekend and get back to his very best form.

AND in other news, GvB must unleash “outstanding” £14k-p/w Rangers gem who plays with “smile on his face”…

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