One of these was Joe Aribo, who was incredible during the undefeated league season and has also been a key player this term as a historic run to the Europa League final has got Gers fans everywhere dreaming of continental glory.
The 25-year-old signed for Rangers in the 2019 summer transfer window on a free transfer, but the club had to pay £300k due to cross-border transfer rules. His market value currently sits at a whopping £9m, so the Gers still have the ability to make a stunning profit on the player.
With Aribo’s contract due to expire at the end of next season, Giovanni van Bronckhorst will be aiming to tie down the Nigeria international to a long-term deal in order to stave off potential Premier League interest.
His performances this season have been excellent, especially prior to the New Year, and despite Rangers falling away domestically after the winter break, the club’s European run will surely inflate fees for the likes of Aribo.
Among positional peers in Europe’s top leagues, the £45k-p/w star sits in the 99th percentile for aerial duels won (3.22) and the 97th percentile for interceptions (1.88), illustrating that his all-round game is one of the finest in the country.
His attacking abilities have also been demonstrated during the current campaign, as he has contributed eight goals and ten assists in 54 matches in all competitions so far.
Former Charlton team-mate and now Aston Villa regular Ezri Konsa previously lavished praise on Aribo, dubbing his playing style “unique”, and that comment is fair. The 25-year-old makes the Rangers team better when he plays and offers a different dynamic to Van Bronckhorst’s side.
There’s no guarantee that the 25-year-old will be in Scotland next season given the aforementioned transfer interest, but whatever happens over the summer, Rangers will be able to demand a huge fee for him. Either way, they hit the jackpot by picking up Aribo for a song three years ago.