Rangers legend, Brian Laudrup has described Super Eagles midfield ace, Joe Aribo as a complete footballer that brings life into Rangers under coach Steven Gerrard, Rangernews can report.
The Nigeria international missed the clash against Livingston as Rangers laboured in vain and failed to make it four straight wins.
But the Danish international admitted that Aribo was solely missed in Sunday’s abysmal performance that saw Rangers shared the spoils with their host
Laudrup then showered encomium on the Rangers midfield enforcer for his rare talents and ability to bring out the best in teammates.
“There are times when it takes the unexpected to win a match. A combination of quick thinking and even quicker feet,” Laudrup said, speaking to the Daily Mail.
“Without Joe Aribo, Rangers lacked that spark against Livingston on Sunday. The longer the game went on, the more I felt he was really missed.
“Clearly, Steven Gerrard will be hoping Aribo’s ankle injury heals before Kilmarnock visit Ibrox on Saturday. To me, there are two aspects to what the 24-year-old does. There is obviously his own game and the skill-set he brings.
“But I also think he has 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?’
“If that is not done as quickly as possible, it becomes hugely difficult against a team such as Livingston — who often played with six across the back.
“There will be no space where you want it. The space will be areas you cannot really exploit.
“Gerrard was right to say his match-winners didn’t really function on Sunday. It’s their job to produce something in games like this and they couldn’t find a moment of creativity that really mattered,’ he said