By Nick Ware

12th Apr, 2021 | 12:05pm

Alex Rae reckons Joe Aribo would earn Rangers huge profit

Alex Rae has heaped praise on Joe Aribo and believes the midfielder would fetch a big fee if Rangers decided to cash in on him.

Aribo, 24, joined the Light Blues from English outfit Charlton Athletic in 2019 and scored three goals in his maiden Scottish Premiership campaign.

But he has reached new levels this season to help inspire Steven Gerrard’s side to the title and he has seven league goals so far this season with four games left.

Speaking on the Rangers Connection Podcast [11/04/21] after Aribo struck the opener in a 2-1 win over Hibernian on Sunday, former Rangers title winners Mark Hateley and Rae paid tribute to the Nigeria international’s progress at Ibrox.

“I don’t think he should just be pigeon-holed as the right side or the left side, give him a free rein,” Hateley said.

“I think we’ve seen the rise and rise of Joe this season especially with his goals, 10 at least you should be looking from him.”

Rae said: “One of the things I do know is his value will be through the roof compared to what we paid for him.

“Because if you get a guy for £300,000, he’s looking at double figures, he’s now a league title winner… he’s a full international as well.”

Cheap as chips

Aribo was a steal when we plucked him from South London and he’s gone from strength to strength under the tutelage of Gerrard, who called him a “joy to coach” in January [Glasgow Times]

The criticism of Aribo in the past is that he doesn’t get enough goal contributions but he has started to change perceptions.

He has already more than doubled last season’s league tally and he has an outside chance to reach the 10-goal mark in the Premiership, while he only needs one more to reach that figure in all competitions.

Aribo has flitted between a number of positions but he has predominantly flanked Steven Davis in midfield alongside Glen Kamara and the onus is usually placed on him to provide the attacking thrust from midfield.

He has also performed admirably from the right hand side of the attack but we think midfield is his proper position and the role he most excels in.

His value may have soared but we still think there’s plenty more in the locker and the club should hold on for at least another season before considering on cashing in.

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