By Doug Ward

24th Jun, 2022 | 7:10am

Rangers brace to receive Joe Aribo bids, sizeable profit on the cards as he looks set for Ibrox exit

Rangers are bracing themselves to receive bids for Joe Aribo with the Nigeria international in the final year of his contract at Ibrox, according to The Scottish Daily Mail.

The newspaper reported via their print edition on 24 June (page 84) that Aribo, 25, is wanted by Crystal Palace, Fulham and Nottingham Forest.

It is understood that there’s “no sign” of Aribo signing a new contract at Ibrox and it “now looks as though his career is set to continue away from Glasgow”.

The Scottish Daily Mail adds that the Gers are awaiting bids that will see the net a “sizeable profit” on a player they paid £300,000 to sign after his contract at Charlton expired in 2019.

At least eight figures

If Aribo does leave this summer then we’d expect Rangers to pocket at least £10million for the Nigerian.

There will, of course, be some fans who are demanding way more than that but Aribo’s contract situation means that it’s unlikely we’ll be able to demand top-dollar.

It’s infuriating that our three best attacking players in Aribo, Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos have all been left to be in the same position with their contracts expiring next year.

It means that the Gers are stuck between a rock and a hard place this summer.

Do they sell now? Do they offer them very big contracts? Or do they hope that they can agree a new deal with them after the summer transfer window closes and then risk losing them for free next year?

Rangers will be put in an awkward position by their inability to sort out the futures of these three players last year because you can see clubs like Palace making bids well below what we’d expect for a player of Aribo’s quality.

And who can blame them?

We’re not going to be in a position to bargain hard and that means that even though Aribo will go for a massive profit, it still won’t reflect his true value.

In other Rangers news, the Gers have tabled a new bid to complete a major new striker signing.