By Sean Fisher

19th Nov, 2022 | 7:10am

Joe Aribo has been complete failure at Southampton since quitting Rangers in summer

Joe Aribo will likely look back on his Rangers exit with regret after enduring a nightmare start to life at Southampton.

After three successful seasons at Ibrox, Premier League outfit Southampton swooped in for Aribo in the summer, with Gers pocketing £10million from the deal. [Sky Sports]

But Aribo’s move to the south coast has not gone to plan, and his goal to put Gers ahead in the Europa League final last season now seems a distant memory.

Aribo started brightly for the Saints and scored on just his second Premier League appearance against Leeds United. But it quickly went downhill, and Ralph Hasenhuttl lost confidence in the 26-year-old before he was eventually sacked.

He’s found goals considerably harder to come by compared to his time in Glasgow, and new Southampton boss Nathan Jones will look at his two goals in 947 minutes of football and be hugely underwhelmed.

He ended the first half of the season on a real low note after only playing 26 minutes in the 4-1 defeat to Newcastle United and then just eight minutes in the 3-1 loss against Liverpool.

Southampton will now spend Christmas down in 19th in the table, and Jones won’t look at Aribo as a player with the capability of leading the Saints out of the drop zone.

A new manager could well be what Aribo needs to revive his Premier League career, but there’s just as much of a chance that he finds himself completely out of favour at Southampton.

Rangers reinvested the Aribo cash well, dipping into the market to sign Antonio Colak, who heads into the winter break as the joint-top scorer in the Scottish Premiership with 11 goals in 14 games.

With relegation looming and a terrible scoring record hanging over his head, Aribo will be hoping for a miraculous turnaround under Jones – if not, it’s hard to label his move to Southampton anything but a complete disaster.

In other Rangers news, Ibrox-linked Nicolas Raskin is free to to enter pre-contract talks on 1 January