There are times when it takes the unexpected to win a match. A combination of quick thinking and even quicker feet.
With the absence of Nigeria international, Joe Aribo, in the Rangers setup through injury, the team lacked that spark against Livingston in the Scottish League on Sunday.
Coach Steven Gerrard will be hoping Aribo’s ankle injury heals before Kilmarnock visits Ibrox on Saturday.
In a post match conference on Sunday, Gerrard said his match-winners did not really function”.
“It’s their job to produce something in games like this and they couldn’t find a moment of creativity that really mattered”.
“But, no one can quite do the same job as Aribo and I think that showed. Rangers couldn’t find the final piece of the jigsaw”.
“Aribo is the player who produces vital spark… and Rangers need another just like him”.
The 24-year old is the creative midfielder who makes Rangers tick in the league and
Steven Gerrard could not find the winning formula in Aribo’s absence at Livingston.
Aribo, has also been described as a player with the effect of making the players around him even better.
“He brings people into action with his one-twos and I love the fact that he looks forward every time he gets the ball. That’s exactly what you need in midfield at Rangers. Someone has to be thinking: ‘Where can I find the pockets of space? How do we play between the lines?’.
“Aribo’s close control is excellent. Even in tight spaces he can take players on or produce a piece of skill to bring someone else into the game”. “There were times on Sunday when that could have been invaluable to unlocking something for Rangers”, a club fan observed.