Barry Ferguson has revealed he was surprised at Steven Gerrard’s decision to include Glen Kamara in the starting XI for Rangers’ Old Firm tie at Ibrox on Sunday and felt that decision made Joe Aribo appear to look ‘lost’ at moments throughout the game.
The Light Blues were on the wrong end of a 2-0 result against arch-rivals Celtic after Odsonne Edouard and Jonny Hayes both ensured the Bears would be heading into the upcoming international break second in the Scottish Premiership.
Former Gers captain, Ferguson, admitted he was surprised to have seen Gerrard make changes from the team that got past Legia Warsaw in their Europa League qualifier earlier in the week and made the claim that Kamara’s inclusion affected Aribo’s game.
“When I saw the line-up I was surprised to see Glen Kamara included as I liked the look of the side which started on Thursday night against Legia Warsaw,” he told the Daily Record.
“The three who have been playing most games in the middle of the park, Joe Aribo, Ryan Jack and Steven Davis, have been excellent so it was an eyebrow-raiser to have another holding midfielder in there. The formation change saw Aribo out wide on the left and to be honest he looked a bit lost.”
The former Charlton Athletic man has had a blistering start to life at Ibrox and has been ever-present for Gerrard this season. He has recently been called up to the Nigeria set-up after providing four goals in his first 11 appearances for the club (Transfermarkt).
To back Ferguson’s point up further, Football Scotland also appeared to believe Aribo had trouble making an impact in the game and even echoed the idea that he was a lost.
After handing him a four out of ten, they wrote: “Looked like a rabbit caught in the headlights for large parts of first half, and did little as game progressed. Deservedly subbed for Jones as Gerrard pushed to get his team back on level terms.”
However, the 23-year-old was not the only one that could be argued to have been lost on the pitch during the match as many of them were well below their best on the day.
With it being Rangers’ first slip up of the campaign, Gerrard will be hoping for a big reaction from his players following the international break.
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