Rangers extended their lead at the top of Scottish Premiership to 13 points with a 4-0 away win over Ross County on Sunday.

Goals from Kemar Roofe, James Tavernier and Jermain Defoe, as well as an own goal, sealed the win and gave Rangers their eighth consecutive league win.

The game was an opportunity for Joe Aribo to make his first start since being ruled out with an illness, but the Nigerian struggled to impact the game.


With the competition for places so fierce, Aribo has been in and out of the side, starting eight matches in the league and once in the Europa League (via WhoScored). The 24-year-old has scored five goals in all competitions so far and can be an attacking outlet, but on Sunday he failed to get involved in the final third.

Playing 66 minutes at the Global Energy Stadium he failed to take a shot or register a key pass, while he completed just one dribble (via WhoScored). On the ball he was accurate, completing 46 of his 50 attempted passes, but he was dispossessed three times.

Now, this is not the usual level that Steven Gerrard would expect from Aribo and the fact that he was forced to spend some time on the sidelines can go some way to explaining his lacklustre performance.


However, given the level of competition and the form that the likes of Scott Arfield and Kemar Roofe have come into, the former Charlton Athletic man is up against it to earn more starting minutes. Bongani Zungu is also coming through, Ryan Jack is on his way back from injury and Glen Kamara has been an automatic selection in the big games this season.

Of course, Aribo has it well within his capabilities to prove himself and find his way back into the team. But with so many of his fellow midfielders playing well, that task is getting harder.

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