‘I was looking ahead with Joe’-Gvb explains why Aribo did not start Rangers’ last game

The Nigerian midfielder has been a key figure at Rangers since Giovanni Van Bronckhorst arrived at Ibrox, but surprisingly, he didn’t start for the Gers in their 1-0 victory at home 

Rangers manager Giovanni Van Bronckhorst has explained that he didn’t start Aribo in Rangers’ 1-0 victory against Dundee United because he wants the Super Eagles star to be available for their crucial Premiership tie against Celtic.

The 25-year-old has been arguably the best performer for the Gers since his new boss replaced Steven Gerrard at Ibrox. However, he wasn’t included in the starting 11 when Rangers beat Dundee United 1-0 at home.

The 25-year-old was only subbed on in the 64th minute, and it was after he came on that Rangers scored through James Tavernier from the penalty spot.

Rangers Gaffer Van Bronckhorst has defended his decision, stating he was looking forward with Aribo, as he didn’t want him to get carded as it would get him suspended.

“I was looking ahead with Joe,” Van Bronckhorst said after the game, as per Scottish Sun.

“It was a bit of a risk for him to be playing because we could lose him if he is booked.”

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