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Rangers beast Joe Aribo tipped to leave

Frank McAvennie has offered his thoughts on Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo’s situation ahead of the January transfer window.

What’s the talk?

The retired Scottish forward has backed the Nigeria international to ditch Ibrox to join a Premier League club halfway through the season if an offer comes in for him.

Crystal Palace are reportedly keen on the attacking midfielder and McAvennie believes that the 25-year-old could do well in the English top flight.

He told Football Insider: “I think he’s gone up a level this season. He seems to be a vital player for Rangers now.

“He’s very versatile and that would serve him well in the Premier League. I have said this for years, if an offer from the Premier League comes in, you take it.

“It doesn’t matter who it is, it’s change your life money. No disrespect to Rangers, that’s just the way it is. Is he good enough for the Premier League? That’s a different question.

“Let’s see what happens in January.”

Will Aribo leave in January?

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Fans would be livid

Rangers chief Ross Wilson must avoid a transfer disaster with Aribo in the January window. The club cannot allow one of the key players in the squad to leave midway through the season as it could cause major disruptions for Steven Gerrard’s side in the second half of the campaign, duly infuriating supporters.

Aribo has started all 12 of the Gers’ league matches this season and averaged a SofaScore rating of 6.97, scoring twice and providing one assist from midfield. His former Charlton teammate Ezri Konsa once compared him with Manchester City icon 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.

“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.”

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The midfielder was also integral for Gerrard last season. He averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.13 in 31 league appearances, chipping in with seven goals and four assists. This highlights his importance to the side and shows why selling him in January would be a mistake, leaving fans to question the planning going on behind the scenes at Ibrox.

Wilson must convince Aribo to stay until the summer at least. This would then give Rangers an entire pre-season to bring in a replacement and give them time to adapt to Gerrard’s style of play and the demands he puts on his players, instead of rushing it midway through the campaign and potentially scuppering the chase for silverware.

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