The duo already suffering injuries so early on in the season is not what manager Steven Gerrard would have wanted, especially with the Scottish side having to go through the Europa League qualifiers. They also have the Old Firm derby on the 17th of October, and it is not currently known whether the two will be fit for this fixture which is crucial for their title hopes as the Gers are currently top of the Premiership, but only by one point and if Celtic win their game in hand they go above them, per SPFL.
Former Scottish international and Rangers full-back Alan Hutton has been discussing the injuries and speaking to Football Insider about Roofe and Aribo, he said: “I just think he [Roofe] came in, he looked fit and he was getting sharper and his link-up play is so good, so intelligent, he sees things that other people don’t – that’s the difference between him and Morelos.
“Morelos is a total goal scorer, a fox-in-the-box, wants to score where I think Roofe gives you that little extra, that different dimension to their attacking play.
“They’ve missed him, when it’s a case of trying to open up a defence he’s got that little trick or little brilliance that Joe Aribo has so to be missing both of them, they can find it hard to break teams down.”
Before his injury, Aribo, who is only 24, managed one goal in his three appearances, per Transfermarkt. He is arguably the Gers’ most creative spark in midfield as highlighted by his stats last season, when he managed ten goals and eight assists in all competitions.
The attacking intent of the two clearly backs up what Hutton is saying when he says they the club will be missing both of the injured players as they definitely provide something different to the squad, and to lose two attacking threats means that Gerrard does not have as many options when the club are behind in matches to come on and change the game so he will be hoping the two are back sooner rather than later.
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