Joe Aribo has been a player transformed at Rangers since Steve Gerrard moved him into a more advanced right-wing position and he appears to be enjoying his new-look role.
The 23-year-old talent enjoyed a decent opening to the campaign at Ibrox but there was always an impression that he had something extra to offer.
His positional change has certainly enabled him to move into a higher gear, and on current form Gerrard would be wise to continue playing him out wide.
And the former Charlton star appears to be loving his new role if recent quotes from Rangers.co.uk are anything to go by: “Now I am a lot higher up the pitch and get to express myself more. I have very much enjoyed switching position; I am loving it up there.
“I sat down with the gaffer and Mick (Beale) and they said they thought this was the position for me.
“It’s funny because maybe a week before I had sat down with them and said maybe I want to have a go in that position. So it kind of all fell into place and I was just happy.”
Aribo’s ability to produce decisive end product was one of the major pulling factors that drew the Gers towards him last summer.
A return of 10 goals and five assists in all competitions for Charlton in their promotion winning 2018/19 campaign underlined his prowess in the final third, but it took time for him to replicate that type of form this season.
The midfielder picked up four assists and scored one goal in his first 13 SPFL fixtures, but his move onto the right wing has facilitated a major improvement in terms of goal contributions.
In four games played prior to the turn of the year, Aribo provided three assists and scored one goal as Rangers won four on the bounce to put themselves in a strong position to clinch the title in 2020.
As the Nigeria international claimed in his interview with the club, everything has fallen into place for him in recent weeks and, in his new look role, he could write himself into Rangers folklore by helping the club end Celtic’s supremacy in Scottish football.
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