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Unsung Hero: Rangers’ Joe Aribo divided opinion with his display against Young Boys

Unsung Hero: Rangers’ Joe Aribo divided opinion with his display against Young Boys - Unsung Heroes

Rangers advanced to the knockout rounds of the Europa League last night after a 1-1 draw at home to Young Boys was good enough to take them through.

Steven Gerrard’s side had been on course to finish top of Group G after Alfredo Morelos had given them the lead on the half-hour mark. [via BBC]

Having been comfortably going through for most of the night, though, a Borna Barisic own goal on 89 minutes ensured a nervy finish at Ibrox, with Young Boys then needing only one more goal to leapfrog the ‘Gers into second place in the group. [via BBC]

A stoppage-time red card for Ryan Jack added to the tension, but Rangers ultimately got over the line with the result they needed and can now look forward to the last 32 draw next week.

Morelos again came to the goal-scoring fore with his 26th of the season in all competitions and his 14th of their European campaign stretching back to the start of the qualifying rounds in July.

Another Rangers man who can feel pleased with his night’s work is Joe Aribo, who made his first start of the group stage campaign on the right-hand side of attack.

The 23-year-old made the joint-most key passes of any ‘Gers player with three, as well as having the joint-highest number of successful dribbles with three, in addition to firing three shots. [via WhoScored]

He also helped out his team-mates with two successful tackles, one interception and five successful aerial duels, the latter figure the third highest among the home side last night. [via WhoScored]

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The only notable blemish on his copybook was a disappointing passing success rate of 65%, misplacing 14 of his 40 attempted passes. [via WhoScored]

Some reporters agreed that Aribo gave a strong performance at Ibrox last night. Patrick McPartlin of The Scotsman gave him a seven in his player ratings and said that he “can be happy with his overall contribution”.

James Black of Rangers News awarded him a rating of nine, writing that he “put in a really impressive shift” and “looks to have finally arrived as a Rangers player”.

The 23-year-old didn’t meet with universal acclaim last night, though. Andy Devlin of The Scottish Sun gave him a rating of six, which was still higher than the 5.5 handed out by Chisanga Malata of the Daily Express, who wrote that he “was frustrating to watch as he often dithered on the ball and was guilty of giving away possession on multiple occasions”.

Aribo might not have impressed everyone with his display against Young Boys, but his dribbling and shooting statistics indicate that he consistently tried to make things happen in attack, while his aerial ability was evident with the considerable number of headers that he won.

He may have been a bit-part player overall in the group stage for Rangers, but more displays like this between now and February should give Aribo every chance of being a vital presence in Gerrard’s line-up once the knockout stages come around.

Rangers fans, were you impressed with Aribo’s overall performance last night? Join in the discussion by commenting below!

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