By Doug Ward

10th Dec, 2021 | 11:10am

Rangers will require 'big money' to sell Joe Aribo in January - BBC Scotland pundit

It would take a big offer to convince Rangers to sell Joe Aribo in the January transfer window, according to Charlie Adam.

Aribo, 25, has been a stand-out player for the Gers in what has been a mixed season so far.

Brentford, Crystal Palace and Watford are reportedly interested in signing the Nigeria international with him entering the final 18 months of his contract [Daily Mail] but ex-Gers midfielder Adam still feels he’d fetch a hefty fee for the Scottish Premiership leaders.

“Roofe has been out with an injury and got a good few minutes. Joe Aribo is [a] game-changer though,” said the Dundee player on BBC Sportsound on Thursday night, as quoted on the BBC Sport website.

“It would have to be big money to get him in January!”

Special talent

Aribo has been in incredible form this season.

He’s blown hot and cold at times in his spell at Rangers but it’s fair to say that we’re seeing the best of the former Charlton attacking midfielder now.

So far this term, the London-born Nigeria international has scored five goals and supplied four assists in 28 appearances across all competitions.

Under the charge of both Steven Gerrard and Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Aribo has provided a much-needed link between the deep-lying midfielders and the attack with his intricate passing, insane dribbling technique and his superb finishing skill.

Aribo’s really started to shine in a central role for van Bronckhorst, where he’s allowed to drift onto either side of the pitch and help out the likes of Ryan Kent, Ianis Hagi and Alfredo Morelos in the attack.

We’d be shocked if English Premier League clubs weren’t eyeing up the 25-year-old based on his recent form but the Gers must sort out his contract situation as soon as possible.

On Tuesday (7 December), All Nigeria Soccer reported that Aribo is set to reject the chance to sign a new deal at Ibrox.

It remains to be seen whether that’s true but either way, Ross Wilson must do something to get Aribo tied down otherwise he’ll more than likely have to be sold in the summer.

In other Rangers news, Ally McCoist has shared a brilliant story about how one of his former teammates baffled him at Gers training.