Former Celtic striker turned pundit Chris Sutton claimed that the performances of Odsonne Edouard for the France U21s have the Parkhead striker’s stock “soaring”.
The outspoken commentator even suggested that such is the threat of Rangers, Celtic can’t afford to reject even a £50m bid for the player this January [Daily Record].
But given that 21-year-old Edouard’s yet to play for an admittedly talent strewn France national team proper, what does all this say about Rangers’ Super Eagle Joe Aribo?
A player of immense talent that was said to have been attracting interest from Arsenal and Manchester City as early as last season, and of course Celtic this campaign, Aribo has burst onto the international scene since joining Rangers.
A debut goal against Ukraine was matched with yet another strike against the Samba superstars of Brazil, where the former Charlton midfielder didn’t look at all out of place.
Lee Bowyer, eat your heart out. Or at least a slice of humble pie.
But what it shows is just how talented and capable the 22-year-old midfielder is and why Steven Gerrard was so over the moon to take him to Ibrox.
Performing for Nigeria – for whom coach Gernot Rohr believes Aribo is now a pivotal player [Daily Record] – can only be good for building confidence for his Rangers career.
You get the impression that when Aribo properly gets to grips with the game in Scotland, he will emerge as one of the major talents plying his trade here.
This isn’t about comparing the on-pitch contributions of Edouard and Aribo either, both are distinctly different players and play in different positions.
Tough game against a top Brazil side! Team put in a shift till the end. Delighted to have got a goal!! Thank you to all the supporters that came out tonight and also everyone supporting worldwide! 🦅🇳🇬 @NGSuperEagles #SoarSuperEagles pic.twitter.com/kdI6JrN0Mi
— Joe Aribo (@J_Aribo19) October 13, 2019
But it’s about acknowledging that if the Frenchmen’s stock is rising whilst impressing for the France U21s, then Aribo’s must be skyrocketing playing with the Super Eagles proper.