A big Rangers claim has been made on Ibrox beast Joe Aribo, regarding his future with the Gers…
Ex-Villa midfielder Ray Houghton has claimed that the midfielder will not put pen to paper on a new contract in Glasgow, whilst also suggesting that the Premier League side may look at him and Glen Kamara in January.
He said, via IbroxNews:
“I think, with Steven, what we mustn’t forget is that he was at Rangers for a few years, so he has seen a few players up there that he might like as well.
“Like Glen Kamara, as an example. I watched Glen when he played for Finland against the Republic of Ireland, I didn’t know much about him before, and I was impressed by him.
“He controlled the back four, got the ball down, and was a continuity player. He kept it nice and easy. So Steven knows him. That could be a name there.
“And then you have got Joe Aribo. He’s out of contract, and he’s not going to sign a new one.”
This rather definitive claim from Houghton will surely have Gio van Bronckhorst and fans running scared as it opens up the possibility of Aribo leaving the club in January. His contract situation has left Rangers in a troublesome position and the upcoming transfer window could be a turbulent time for the manager and the supporters as they worry about the side’s best players departing.
Aribo’s current contract is due to expire at the end of next season and the next two windows may represent Ross Wilson’s last chances to recoup a transfer fee for him. He would risk allowing the midfielder to leave on a pre-contract deal in January 2023 if he is unable to tempt him into signing an extension, which would leave the Gers without any money to source a replacement.
Van Bronckhorst and the fans will be scared by this claim as the Nigerian international has been in phenomenal form this season. The ex-Charlton man has averaged a sublime SofaScore rating of 7.16 in the Premiership, scoring six goals and providing two assists in 19 games.
This shows how important he is to the side as he has been able to consistently churn out impressive performances whilst chipping in with key contributions in the final third.
Therefore, his exit would be a major blow for Rangers and that is why the prospect of him leaving is a rather frightening one for those in and out of the stands.