Rangers had to win against Hibernian on Friday night, and they did so convincingly.
Goals from Ryan Kent, Joe Aribo, and Jermain Defoe were enough to wrap up a comfortable 3-0 win in the capital, narrow the gap on league leaders Celtic to just two points.
In the absence of the suspended Alfredo Morelos, this was always going to be a test for the Gers, but from the fourth minute, when Kent opened proceedings with a well-struck goal, any worries of a struggle without the Colombian were all but laid to rest.
And the lead was made much more commanding shortly after when Aribo found the top corner with a superb finish.
In fact, that strike was so good that it drew the praise of ex-Celtic hitman Chris Sutton.
Writing on his personal Twitter account at half time on Friday evening, he said: “Hibs 0-2 Rangers at half time… Rangers very slick and sharp.
“Aribo terrific finish for 2nd.
“Hibs lucky to be 2 down…”
.@btsportfootball Hibs 0-2 Rangers at halftime… Rangers very slick and sharp. Aribo terrific finish for 2nd. Hibs lucky to be 2 down… second half coming up live on BT Sport⚽️
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) December 20, 2019
It’s fairly rare to hear Sutton come out with any kind of praise for a Rangers player, but Aribo’s goal on Friday was so good that it appears to have crossed the usual divides in Glaswegian football.
The midfielder runs onto ball with purpose from a deep position having carved out the initial attack himself, and doesn’t even break stride as he opens his body up and side foots an effortless finish right into the top bracket.
It was a classy strike, and a timely one too, essentially killing off the game after just eight minutes.
Questions were raised by Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer when Aribo made the decision to move to Ibrox, as per the Daily Record, but as his form continues to improve, we are really starting to see the best out of him now, and that choice appears to be vindicated more and more with each passing week.