By Daniel Feliciano

12th Jan, 2022 | 1:10pm

Rangers ace Joe Aribo shines as Nigeria break Egypt AFCON record

Joe Aribo turned in a brilliant performance for Nigeria in their opening AFCON game against Egypt, showing exactly why Rangers should do all they can to keep him.

The Super Eagles claimed a comfortable 1-0 win on the night in Cameroon, with Rangers ace Aribo registering the assist for Kelechi Iheanacho’s stunning first-half goal that turned out to be the winner.

But it was the overall performance of the 25-year-old that really stood out and showed the Blues hierarchy why they should be doing everything they can to get him to sign a new deal.

Aribo is in the final 18 months of his contract at Ibrox and has been linked with a move to Aston Villa in recent months, although links between the two have cooled recently.

But the energy, passing, strength and crucially the quality of the Nigerian international’s game was on show for all to see in the group opener in Cameroon.

Aribo won 4/4 duels (100%), won 2/2 tackles (100%), 1/1 dribbles (100%) and two key passes, only bettered by Samuel Chukwueze out of everyone on the pitch according to WhoScored.

It showed the all-round quality that he brings to a game and explains why he’s been so good for Rangers since joining the club in 2019 from Charlton.

Once described as ‘priceless‘ by former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson, it’s time for Rangers to put their money where their mouth is in regards to keeping their top players.

Aribo falls into that category. He was key against Egypt for Nigeria, as they ended a run of no defeats in 17 years during the AFCON group stages for Mohamed Salah’s side.

If Rangers are serious about re-establishing themselves as the biggest and best club in Scotland, which they are, then they can’t afford to lose their stars for nothing.

Aribo has shown that he can perform on the biggest stages, so it’s time for Rangers to put their money up and show him he can achieve everything he wants at Ibrox.

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