Rangers drew 3-3 against Ross County as late drama saw the Ibrox side drop two crucial points in the race for the title, although returning ace Joe Aribo was the standout performer.
Aribo missed the previous three matches as he was away representing Nigeria at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament. The fixtures meant that if the Super Eagles went far in the competition, then the 25-year-old would also miss the crucial tie against Celtic.
Nigeria was defeated by Tunisia in the last 16 as every Rangers fan drew a collective sigh of relief knowing that our talisman would be free to run amok against Celtic.
Joe Aribo performs well in his first Rangers match since Boxing Day
Aribo started off brightly and raced on to a loose ball before sliding a chance through for debutant Amad Diallo to notch his first Rangers goal as five minutes were barely on the clock.
The midfielder was a constant presence through the first half, even when the side conceded twice. His creativity has been missing and his runs were crucial to the Ibrox side drawing level before Connor Goldson scored what everyone thought was the winner.
Late drama ensured Ross County came away from the match with a point, but the Nigerian international’s performance will be a welcome boost ahead of Wednesday evening.
Aribo completed nearly 75% of his passes, had 59 touches, and made two key passes during the match [SofaScore].
Although these stats don’t look too impressive, it was the manner in which the player impacted the game so much after being out of domestic action for so long.
He was the focal point for everything good the team created, on what was a tough day. Having him ready to take on Celtic is a massive boost, a prospect that many fans thought was unlikely a week ago