Ex-Rangers captain Barry Ferguson thinks his former club should do all they can to keep Joe Aribo away from the clutches of Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa or any other team in the January transfer window.
The Nigerian international has been in outstanding form over the last month, and Ferguson believes that the Light Blues should slap a sky-high asking price on the player as he will be very hard to replace:
“Rangers are looking to trade their top players because the board has been pretty open about it. If an offer comes in that matches the club’s valuation then they’ll do business. But Aribo should be the exception to the rule. I’d put a price tag of around £15million on him at this moment, which is £5m more than I would have said just a few weeks ago.”
“Every time he steps onto a pitch right now he puts an extra digit on the end! Even if Gerrard or whoever else comes in with a bid in that ball park, Rangers would be better off telling them to stick it where the sun don’t shine. This is not a player you want to sell, this is the guy you want to build your team around.”
Ferguson also says Aribo could be key to the Gers securing their second successive Scottish Premiership title and there won’t be many fans out there who will disagree with him.
If you just look at the 25-year-old’s numbers over recent games, it demonstrates how pivotal he is for the team. The midfielder has scored four goals and provided two assists since the beginning of November, helping new Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst to an unbeaten start in the process.