Sky Sports pundit Kris Boyd has been raving about Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo, claiming that his early-season form has already made him a contender for the player of the year award at Ibrox.

Aribo, 24, played a starring role for the Gers on Sunday as they beat Aberdeen 4-0 at Ibrox to move 11 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership table.

The former Charlton midfielder has been outstanding this season, despite missing 10 matches with an ankle injury between August and October.

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Ex-Rangers striker Boyd claims Aribo has already made himself a contender to win the player of the season award thanks to his brilliant form.

“He’s a magnificent player, he’s another option for Steven Gerrard in that position,” said Boyd on Sky Sports Main Event on Saturday [11:43am].

“In the first few weeks of the season we were talking about somebody who already could have been the player of the year – he was that good.

“Then, obviously, he missed out through injury and it took him a little while to get back but you saw in the last game here against Hamilton, the quality he has to get forward and score goals.

“The thing with Joe Aribo, he’s a little bit different from the rest of the midfield.”

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We’re massive fans of Aribo; he makes everything look effortless.

The £20,000-a-week midfielder has made 11 appearances in all competitions for the Light Blues this season and scored four goals in the process.

Although he wasn’t among the goals in the hammering of Aberdeen, he managed to get himself on the scoresheet twice in the 8-0 win over Hamilton before the international break.

He’s in incredible form and you have to feel sorry for Scottish Premiership sides coming up against a Rangers attack boasting Ryan Kent, Kemar Roofe, Alfredo Morelos and Aribo.

No one stands a chance – let’s face it.

We don’t want to tempt fate but it really looks as though title number 55 is heading towards Ibrox this season.

A lot can still happen but there’s simply no letting up to this rampant form at the moment.

In other Rangers news, the Gers could be forced to shell out a seven-figure fee to Mike Ashley.

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