By Saikat Mandal

22nd Nov, 2021 | 6:53am

Kenny Miller surprised with Joe Aribo substitution in 3-1 defeat to Hibernian

Kenny Miller has been left surprised by Rangers’ decision to take off Joe Aribo in the second half.

Rangers lost 3-1 against Hibernian in the Scottish League Cup semi-final on Sunday at Hampden Park.

In the 69th minute of the game, Rangers made two substitutions. Ianis Hagi and Ryan Jack entered the fray, while Scott Arfield and Joe Aribo made way for them.

Miller has expressed his surprise by the decision. He felt that by taking off Aribo and Ryan Kent, who was substituted a bit earlier, the Gers have lost their attacking influence.

Speaking to BBC, Miller said: “I’m surprised at that, Joe Aribo going off for Ryan Jack. All that gives is more central midfielders rather than any more attacking influence with Aribo and Ryan Kent going off.”

Poor decision

Rangers were terribly poor in the first half. And they were equally poor in the second half as well.

Martin Boyle scored an incredible hat-trick before Scott Arfield gave the Gers a lifeline in the opening 45 minutes.

However, in the second half, the Scottish champions produced a lacklustre performance, and the substitutions didn’t help the cause.

It was a really odd decision, considering both Aribo and Kent are capable of producing moments of sublime quality.

The subs made no or little impact as the Bears failed to get back into the match. Miller is spot on here. Rangers cramped their midfield when they should have kept more attacking players on the pitch.

To be honest, the Gers lost their shape with the changes being made which made the task easier for Hibs.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst was in the stands, and the Dutchman must have realised that he has a lot of work to do. The Gers now turn their attention to the Europa League and must get the winning momentum back at the earliest.

In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton mocks Rangers instantly after their defeat to Hibs.