Rangers captain James Tavernier has described his in-form Ibrox teammate Joe Aribo as ‘unbelievable’ ahead of Wednesday’s Premiership clash with St Johnstone [RangersTV].
Tavernier was one of several Gers to win awards at the end of last season.
He received the PFA Scotland Player of the Year award, Allan McGregor bagged the SPFL Player of the Year title and Connor Goldson was named Rangers manager’s Player of the Year by ex-boss Steven Gerrard.
However, it’s Aribo who’s been the standout player so far this campaign at Ibrox.
The 25-year-old started strongly and has been unstoppable in recent weeks, scoring four goals and notching two assists in his last five Premiership outings.
It’s fair to say his skipper has been impressed.
“He’s an unbelievable player,” said Tavernier during Tuesday’s press conference [RangersTV]. “He’s got all the attributes to be a top top player and hopefully I can see that one day – him playing in the big leagues – because he’s got all the ability and he’s adding numbers to his game now.”
“I think that’s key for him to keep adding those numbers. His ability shines through in games anyway but as soon as you add in the goals and the assists to it then it puts you on another level.
“Hopefully he can continue that because he’s been a great asset for us this season.”
Rangers fans have been delighted with the progress Aribo has made so far this season, with his goals at Livingston and Hearts in recent weeks the work of a real quality operator.
It’s good to see that his efforts are appreciated by the captain, a man who has had no issues coming up with big goals and assists in recent seasons.
Both players are highly likely to start against St Johnstone at Ibrox on Wednesday night, as the Gers look to at least maintain their four-point lead at the top of the table with a fifth consecutive domestic win since Gio van Bronckhorst’s arrival.
The referee has been confirmed for the match and Rangers have an excellent record when he’s in charge.