By Doug Ward

26th Jun, 2022 | 5:46pm

Crystal Palace tipped to table 'decent bid' for Rangers star Joe Aribo as unnamed sources speak out

Crystal Palace are being strongly backed by journalists and a former player to make a bid for Rangers star Joe Aribo this summer, according to The 4th Official.

The reliable Ibrox news source reported via their Patreon account on Sunday (26 June) that there “feeling is that there will be a decent bid for Aribo” after the 25-year-old played so well for the Light Blues in the 2021/22 season.

The 4th Official was told by two unnamed journalists close to Crystal Palace that there’s bound to be a bid for the Nigeria international with one suggesting £8million could be offered even though Rangers probably want £12million.

An unnamed former Palace player also said: “Definite interest. His main attraction is his versatility. It’s not just that [Patrick] Viera is interested, he is someone that has been scouted by us for a long time now.

“There is no chance that we don’t bid I think. Again, we won’t pay silly money but he is one player who probably would have been out of reach if not for the fact that he has one year left in his deal. So no doubt that we will be disappointed if some other Premier League club gets him.”

Hard to swallow

It’s crazy that Rangers have allowed themselves to get to the point where Aribo, Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent are all in the final year of their contracts.

We’ll be amazed if at least one of them isn’t sold this summer because otherwise, the Gers are running the risk of losing them for free next year.

It wouldn’t shock us if Rangers fans are reacting to this update, complaining about the fact that Palace might only bid £8million for Aribo.

Yes, that is below what he’s worth. But it’s probably not below what he’s worth when they could hold out for another few months and try to sign him for next to nothing in January.

Or, what could be worse, is if they hold out until next summer.

Rangers’ situation means they have no power over the future of those three players.

They cannot demand decent transfer fees and they’re going to be forced into a sale if an offer comes along.

What a mess this is.

We’re close to our Champions League qualifiers now and no one has been signed other than John Souttar, who was always signing anyway.

If offers come in for Aribo, they might be made late in the summer because clubs will be able to catch us at our weakest point then.

In other Rangers news, Gary Keown has slammed Ross Wilson’s transfer strategy and sent a message to the Gers chief.