A Rangers transfer update has emerged on Ibrox midfielder Joe Aribo, regarding interest from south of the border.
According to the Daily Record, Premier League side Southampton sent a scout to go and watch the Nigerian international in action against Dundee United at the weekend.
This comes after claims emerged that he was not going to sign a new contract at Ibrox.
Gio van Bronckhorst is seemingly heading for his first big disaster at Ibrox with Southampton casting their eyes over Aribo amid his unclear future in Glasgow. It could be a nightmare for the head coach if the midfielder departs in January as his exit could be season-defining for the Gers.
Whilst Rangers are top of the table and enjoying a sublime run of form, things can change quickly in football and losing such a key player would surely be a major blow.
If Celtic win their game in hand then they are four points behind van Bronckhorst’s side and that is not an insurmountable gap with half of the season still to be played, which is why they cannot afford to lose Aribo.
His former Charlton teammate Ezri Konsa previously heaped praise on him, 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.”
His form in the Premiership this season warrants such strong appraisal, averaging a SofaScore rating of 7.16 so far this term. He is creating 1.7 chances per game and has chipped in with six goals from midfield, showing that he is capable of making a big impact in the final third and that he has the potential to be a game-changer and match-winner for the Gers.
This shows why his exit would create a gigantic hole in the Rangers side and could weaken their chances of sealing another title success. He is playing a major role in the club’s Premiership form with his consistent quality in midfield and, therefore, losing him could give their Old Firm rivals a potential advantage in the title race – making any potential move to the Premier League a disaster for the Gers.
Therefore, van Bronckhorst and Ross Wilson must do their utmost to ensure that he is at the club until next summer at least. If they allow him to leave at the end of the campaign then it will give them until the summer to find a replacement for him, instead of rushing around in January.