By Azeem Siddiqui

5th Jul, 2022 | 1:03pm

Barry Ferguson urges Rangers to think about life after Joe Aribo

Barry Ferguson admits Rangers may have to cut ties with midfielder Joe Aribo this summer.

The Nigeria international has been linked with a move away from the club after entering the last year of his contract at Ibrox.

The Daily Mail reported via their print edition on Tuesday (5 July, page 71) that Southampton are keen on £10million-rated Aribo.

Ferguson, while talking to Go Radio as quoted by Glasgow Live, suggested that the Gers must look for life after the star midfielder.

“I can see why they [Southampton] are interested in him,” he said. “He’s grown into a top midfielder with some of his performances. He’s a top-level player and there’s been a number of clubs linked.

“That will be a worry for the Rangers fans but money talks. But if that valuation is met and he doesn’t want to commit to Rangers, they might need to do business.”

Leader

If we classify Aribo as a true leader, it won’t be wrong. The midfielder played the highest number of minutes for club and country in the least season.

He made a whopping 57 appearances for Rangers in the 2021-22 campaign, in which he scored nine goals and provided 10 assists [Transfermarkt].

With his incredible work ethic and ability to sustain fitness, it is almost impossible to replace him at the club but because of the circumstances Rangers find themselves in, they will have little or no control over whether the star player will stay at the club beyond the ongoing transfer window.

Since this season will be about building on the success the Gers managed to achieve last season when they played in the final of the Europa League and won the Scottish Cup, it is important that the club must find a solution regarding the future of the star player as soon as possible so the manager will know which players he can rely on in the next season.

In other Rangers news, Giovanni van Bronckhorst wants to use pre-season to run the rule over this Gers youngster but that is delaying a potential loan move to England.