Rangers’ press conference on Tuesday morning dropped a big selection hint ahead of the League Cup quarter-final against St Mirren [RangersTV].
The Gers will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to 28 games with a win in Paisley over a Buddies side that knocked out Aberdeen.
It’s a fourth away game in succession for Steven Gerrard’s men following trips to Dingwall, Poznan and Tannadice and squad rotation has proved key.
Multiple changes are likely again at St Mirren Park and the fact that Aribo was put up for press duty ahead of the game, strongly suggests that he’ll be returning to the side.
The Nigeria international hasn’t quite had the individual season he’d have hoped for so far, especially given how impressive he was during pre-season.
An ankle injury saw him miss almost two months of action and since then, he’s been in and out of the team, scoring four times and failing to register an assist in 14 outings in all competitions.
He was taken out of the XI for Sunday’s clash against Dundee United and only introduced as a substitute in the 86th minute, as the Gers looked to see the game out.
Such a minimal involvement means he’ll be fresh for the trip to St Mirren, though, and with a player rarely put forward to speak to the media if they aren’t in the manager’s plans for the game in question, it looks as though he’ll be handed his eleventh start of the season.
Aribo has claimed that he doesn’t mind where he plays as long as he’s involved, and he could be deployed in midfield or attack on Wednesday night.
Either way, he’ll be hoping to deliver an assertive performance, with the Gers just one win away from a trip to Hampden.
One key player won’t be joining Aribo in the matchday squad in Paisley, though, after being ruled out through injury.