Rangers could be in a difficult situation in the summer transfer window as Ibrox maestro Joe Aribo’s contract continues to wind down.
His current deal expires in the summer of 2023 and that means that he will be in the final 12 months of it ahead of the start of next season.
Last week, journalist Pete O’Rourke suggested that the club could be forced to sell him to avoid losing him for nothing the following the year.
He told GIVEMESPORT: “It puts the pressure on Rangers maybe to have to cash in on him in the summer if they’re not able to agree on a deal.”
Ross Wilson is heading for an unforgivable disaster this summer and must act swiftly to agree a new contract with Aribo. The Ibrox chief must do everything in his power to pin him down to a fresh deal as he is crucial to Gio van Bronckhorst’s side and they cannot be forced into moving him on for a cut-price fee in the summer.
He has been in sensational form this season and the supporters will surely want to see the club keep hold of him heading into next season. In the Premiership this season, the maestro has averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.11 in midfield as he has contributed with six goals and four assists.
Aribo has averaged 1.8 key passes and 2.0 tackles and interceptions per game in the division. This shows his ability to make an impact in both boxes as he helps Rangers on the defensive side of the game whilst showing off his quality on the ball in the final third to score and create goals, which is why he is a major player for Van Bronckhorst and losing him would be unforgivable.
“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.
“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.”
These comments from the Aston Villa centre-back highlight how big of a blow it would be to lose Aribo as he is, as the Englishman says, a unique player who could be difficult to replace. Wilson could have a tough job on his hands to find a player who is able to make such a big impact on a consistent basis, which is another reason why he is heading for a disaster with the Nigerian.
He must now throw the kitchen sink at the ex-Charlton man to ensure that his future is with the Light Blues and not south of the border in England or anywhere else.