Rangers fans were disappointed with Joe Aribo’s performance on Sunday as the Gers drew 1-1 away at Hamilton in the Premiership.
Ross Callachan’s late equaliser for the Accies saw Steven Gerrard’s men drop points for just the fourth time this season, with the Rangers boss dubbing his side’s display in South Lanarkshire as the “worst performance of the season”.
Aribo, 24, was named in a three-man Gers midfield alongside Glen Kamara and Bongani Zungu but did little to suggest he’s suited to the deeper role with a turgid performance on the plastic pitch at Hamilton.
According to stats by Wyscout, Aribo completed just 75 per cent of his passes when his season-average in the Premiership is 87.6 per cent.
The Nigeria international also failed to make any key passes, managed just one pass into the penalty area and had just three touches in the box when he’s averaged 4.61 per 90 minutes of top-flight football this term.
It was a dismal performance by Aribo, who struggled to combine the role of a central midfielder due to his lack of defensive abilities.
Off the ball, the ex-Charlton ace had to make seven interceptions, which is way up on his season average of 3.62 per 90 minutes.
But defensively, he failed to stand out and the increased responsibility affected his ability to get forward and create chances.
Many fans were unhappy with Aribo’s performance, with one of him saying he was “rotten” in the draw at Hamilton.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
Davis is also badly at fault for being on the wrong side their player. Biggest problem today though was Zungu and Aribo were rotten
— Stephen Lang (@StephenLang77) February 7, 2021
Absolute garbage. Without McGregor we’d have lost 3 to the bottom of the league. Kent an absolute waste of space as usual. Zungu isn’t good enough and Aribo contributed zero. Very, very poor.
— BM (@GleannL) February 7, 2021
Aribo’s attitude stinks
— ARealScot (@ReallyScottish) February 7, 2021
If you're looking for players who don't give 100%, look no further than Aribo.
— Captain Blue 🇬🇧 🏴 (@BlearyEyedMan) February 7, 2021
Zungu getting it tight on here. I’ll be amazed if he’s here next season but he wasn’t the worst on the park today.
Kent has been off the boil except for a couple of games for months now, Aribo was anonymous. Tav was very poor. Collectively poor across the pitch.
— Kirst 🪐 (@kirsten93_) February 7, 2021
Aribo has been MIA for weeks mostly yet stayed on the park. They were a threat throughout and he took off kamara? Made no sense to me what was going on. Subs were terrible throughout. Kent plays regardless.
— Graham (@skelf73) February 7, 2021
thoughts on Aribo being average at best?
— Ross Richmond (@rossrichmond19) February 7, 2021
Joe Aribo is a lazy player and stands marking fresh air when teams are on the attack
— Greig Ewins (@greigewins1) February 7, 2021
Gerrard tried something a bit different against the Accies but it simply didn’t work.
Aribo flourishes when he’s played a lot further forward, either in behind a striker or out on the wing.
He doesn’t seem to relish the defensive responsibilities of playing deeper and Gerrard should keep that in mind when picking teams in the future.
In other Rangers news, Billy Dodds was blown away by this Ger’s performance at Hamilton.