'Another dimension' - Hutton drools over 'very clever' Rangers first teamer
Joe Aribo took a little while to become accustomed to life with Rangers, but he really seems to have hit his stride in recent weeks.
His brilliantly taken goal against Hibernian just before Christmas was a sign of just what he is capable of, and after a dip in form at the beginning of the season, he is beginning to produce that kind of display regularly.
The youngster’s place in Steven Gerrard’s starting XI seems all but nailed on now, and according to ex-Ibrox man Alan Hutton, it’s not hard to see why.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “I think Aribo’s been brilliant.
“Since he moved forward, I actually really like him there, he can really showcase his skills. He’s very comfortable on the ball so since he’s moved forward, I think he’s been playing really, really well.
“He gives Rangers another dimension. It’s not just running in behind – he’ll take it to feet and he’ll spin, lovely little passes. He’s very clever, he’s a really good footballer.
“He’s really coming into his own now, we’re seeing the very best of him and it’s since he’s been switched further forward.”
Hutton has really hit on the crux of the matter here.
Now that Aribo is being deployed in a more advanced position, he has more of an opportunity to affect the game in positive ways, and to show just how good he is on the in the final third.
His reading of the game is top notch, and the exciting thing about him is that he is still so young. There is no reason why, if he continues on this current trajectory, he can’t become one of the best players in the Scottish Premiership.
Certainly, he orchestrating games more already. We saw it for his sublime goal against Hibs, when he started the move and had the presence of mind to hold his run until he had just enough space to ensure he had the time to execute his finish.
It’s that kind of intelligence that will see him go to the very top.