Joe Aribo: how long can Rangers keep the Nigerian talisman?
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Joe Aribo: how long can Rangers keep the Nigerian talisman?

Joe Aribo has arguably been one of our most consistent performers this season. The Nigerian has developed from being a talented yet inconsistent individual to a player that simply cannot be dropped.

Aribo has taken time to properly settle into the Rangers side, but last season was his coming of age, the e-Charlton man featuring in 43 matches as the Ibrox side strolled to the Premiership title and made the Europa League last 16.

Joe Aribo has been one of the very few shining stars for Rangers this season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Despite the team obviously missing some sort of creative spark so far during this campaign, Aribo has never shied away from his role and has always been proactive, even whilst the side is trailing or simply not playing well.

He was the only person aside from Scott Arfield to gain pass marks for his performance in the 3-1 defeat to Hibs in the League Cup semi-final.

Realistically, how long can Rangers expect to keep hold of their diamond? With Steven Gerrard in the Midlands for the best part of two minutes before rumours began surfacing regarding the Englishman wanting Aribo for his Villa side, it could be a long January for van Bronckhorst.

If Rangers want to achieve glory this season, then the fact is, we need to keep hold of Aribo for as long as possible. The Nigerian hasn’t finished developing yet and will only get better.

Joe Aribo will leave Rangers sooner rather than later, the club needs to maximise as much money as they can for the Nigerian. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But with the Ibrox side suffering operating losses of £23.5m, should the right offer land then Rangers might have no other option but to sell Joe Aribo.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst will want to generate as much income as he can from the deal if the unthinkable were to happen, it would take at least £10m to let others talk to our talisman.

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