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Rangers: Alex McLeish discusses Joe Aribo exit links

Rangers: Alex McLeish discusses Joe Aribo exit links -Rangers Transfer Rumours

Alex McLeish says Rangers could make ‘a lot of money’ from selling Joe Aribo but wonders if the rumours currently surrounding the player are pure ‘propaganda’.

The former Gers and Scotland boss was speaking to Football Insider about the 25-year-old’s situation at Ibrox in the midst of reported transfer interest.

The lowdown

The publication reported on Friday that Aribo was on the radar of Crystal Palace heading into 2022. The Eagles are apparently monitoring his situation with a view to possibly making an offer.

The Nigerian’s current contract is up at the end of May 2023 and he is valued at £5.85m by Transfermarkt.

He joined the Gers on a free transfer from Charlton Athletic ahead of the 2019/20 season and has since gone on to make 107 appearances for the Ibrox outfit, scoring 19 goals and providing 17 assists.

Aston Villa’s Ezri Konsa, a team-mate of Aribo at Charlton, has marvelled at the 25-year-old’s ‘unreal’ capabilities.

The latest

Although Aribo recently told Nigerian radio station Brila FM, as quoted by the Glasgow Times, that he is “focused” on Rangers, McLeish was somewhat sceptical over how secure his Ibrox future really is.

The former Gers boss told Football Insider: “These days, they train young players for the media. It’s a bit of propaganda from the player, even when his thoughts could be lying elsewhere.

“He seems like an intelligent guy, seems happy at Rangers – let’s wait and see. It might be a case of a big club coming in, and there could be a lot of money to be made for Rangers.”

The verdict

Aribo has started every league game and both Europa League fixtures so far this season, so he is clearly valued in Glasgow by Steven Gerrard.

Would he trade that for a rotational role at an English Premier League club? That’s the key question, as perhaps he’d back himself to force his way into the first team at Selhurst Park.

If we reach next summer and no resolution has been reached regarding his contract, then Palace might not be the only team to try their luck with an offer for the 25-year-old.

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