A number of Glasgow Rangers fans have urged Steven Gerrard to start Joe Aribo at left-back after Ibrox assistant Gary McAllister delivered bad news regarding Borna Barisic’s fitness.
Barisic took a blow to the kidney area during Rangers’ victory over Braga in the Europa League round of 32 first leg at Ibrox on Thursday night.
The Croatian left-back had to be replaced in the 73rd minute of the game, with Greg Stewart coming on and Gerrard switching Aribo over to left-back.
Shortly afterwards, Aribo delivered a simply magical goal, weaving through a crowd of opposition defenders before slotting home the equaliser.
The 23-year-old’s goal came either side of Ianis Hagi’s brace, which began and capped off a superb comeback from two goals down and a truly superb European night at Ibrox.
Up next for Rangers is the Scottish Premiership trip to St Johnstone and McAllister confirmed that Barisic will miss the game.
?️ GM: Borna Barisic took a big blow to the kidney area so he is out for the weekend and we will monitor him over the next few days.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) February 21, 2020
A worrying update given how crucial Barisic has been in recent months, but in wake of “the world’s best left-back” (the words of the Rangers Twitter admin on Thursday night) doing his thing on Thursday, some Bears think there’s a straightforward solution.
Here is the social media reaction from some Rangers fans:
It’s fine we have Joe Aribo Balon d’or
— Dave (@dm90___) February 21, 2020
Aribo at left back or we riot
— Borna Barištaunch (@BornaPeg) February 21, 2020
Wouldn’t mind seeing aribo start LB ?
— Jordi (@TMB_Jordi) February 21, 2020
Play aribo at full back again his threat up that wing was class lastnight
— stuart orr (@stuartorr11) February 21, 2020
Everywhere you go, always take aribooo
— NC (@NC_994) February 21, 2020
joe aribo hings
— ?? (@arrfc15) February 21, 2020
@J_Aribo19 left back on Sunday please
— @JohnGilday (@friockrfc) February 21, 2020
Aribo at left back
— Stu Robertson (@Robertson4S) February 21, 2020