Rangers fans have reacted with disappointment after Joe Aribo was ruled out of this weekend’s Scottish Premiership fixture against Hamilton Academical [Rangers FC Twitter].
The Gers make the trip out of Glasgow for the late kick-off on Saturday, hoping to record a fifth win from their opening six league matches.
Rangers swept Kilmarnock aside 2-0 last weekend and barring a dismal display at Livingston, it’s been a good start to the campaign for Steven Gerrard’s men.
However, injury problems ensure the manager is still some way short of having a full squad to pick from against Accies.
On Friday morning, he confirmed that Joe Aribo and Jermain Defoe are unavailable for selection.
🎙️ SG: Jermain Defoe and Joe Aribo won't make the Hamilton game. Both should make the next game.
Leon Balogun is back available for selection. Allan McGregor has trained all week.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) August 28, 2020
Both players would be in the squad if fit, but Aribo is undoubtedly the bigger loss.
The Nigeria international was arguably Rangers’ best player in pre-season and carried that form into the opening games of the campaign, looking full of confidence in three consecutive wins and scoring against St Johnstone.
However, an ankle injury has ruled him out of the more recent games against Livingston and Killie and he’s now set to be absent for a third week running.
Plenty of Bears were disappointed with the update, given how influential Aribo has been so far this campaign, with his presence bringing a lot of creativity in the final third.
Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:
Please hurry back Aribo 😥
— Steely (@OhItsSteely) August 28, 2020
— Mr. Nice Guy (@bigpurk14) August 28, 2020
“Both should make the next game” that does not give me hope whatsoever
— Cal (@itamcal) August 28, 2020
Ah 0-0 then
— 𝓖 𝓸 𝓼 𝓱 𝔂 (@ggh1992) August 28, 2020
Gutted about Aribo, we miss him badly
— pop 15 (@Gazzacusgxo) August 28, 2020
😢 “should” hopefully nothing serious.
— Nonchalant (@NonchalantNovo) August 28, 2020
Aribo quickly becoming a 8-10 days situation here.
— Chris McLaughlin (@Chr1sMcLaughlin) August 28, 2020
Aribo 💔 https://t.co/r6ptVydFYw
— C👸🏼 (@smithy_1872) August 28, 2020