The absence of Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo was more than evident as the Ibrox side stumbled to 0-0 draw away to Livingston’s plastic pitch.

The commanding midfielder’s ability to retain the ball under pressure and in tight spaces meant that too often the game would break down in the final third.

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has given an injury update on Joe Aribo who he hopes will be available against Kilmarnock. (Photo by Willie Vass/Pool via Getty Images)

Nigerian international Aribo has been amongst the club’s top performers this season and the sooner he is back in the side, the better for Rangers.

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Steven Gerrard admitted the player was sorely missed at the Tony Macaroni as he gave an injury update on the player, who missed the match as a precaution due to Livi’s much-derided plastic pitch.

“I’m hoping to have Joe back for next weekend,” said Gerrard [Scottish Sun].

 

“He’s got a small ankle problem that we scanned.

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“There’s a bit of swelling in there which is obviously a big risk coming to a surface like the one at Livingston.

“We made the sensible call but I think we certainly missed Joe as he’s obviously a game-changer in the final third. We threw everything we had at this.”

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Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo was sorely missed in the drab 0-0 draw with Livingston. (Photo by Stuart Wallace/Pool via Getty Images)

Ahead of the visit of Kilmarnock, Rangers will be boosted by the fact they’re back on home soil and won’t have to play on stuffy plastic pitches.

But the Gers will almost certainly have to face a combative and well-organised Kilmarnock team as Steven Gerrard’s side look to bounce back from the disappointing result in West Lothian.

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