Jackie McNamara says that Joe Aribo’s injury blow is “disappointing” for Rangers but that manager Steven Gerrard has a number of good options that he can call upon at Ibrox.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Scotland international says that the head injury sustained by Aribo will be a bitter pill for everyone at Ibrox to swallow after his impressive performances during the early weeks of the Premiership season.
Aribo was forced off against Livingston in midweek and Gerrard has since confirmed he could be missing for a number of games after having 20 stitches on a deep cut on his head.
🎙️ SG: He will definitely miss the game at the weekend and potentially the next few after this. I don't think the player has gone in to intentionally hurt him but that in my book is serious dangerous play and in any other league it is a red card.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) September 26, 2019
While McNamara acknowledges that Gerrard will have wanted to have Aribo to call upon in the coming weeks, he says that the manager has enough options at his disposal to overcome the setback.
Reacting to Gerrard’s revelation, McNamara told Football Insider: “Yeah, it’s disappointing. He has got a good number of players as well in his squad that he can call on and use.
“They’ve picked up a few injuries, like Kent on his return debut, which obviously will be a blow, but they’ve still got options there.”
Aribo, 23, joined Rangers on a free transfer from English side Charlton Athletic, despite helping the Addicks seal promotion from League One to the Championship via the playoffs last season.
He has quickly established himself as a regular in Gerrard’s senior side since his arrival, playing a total of 15 times across all competitions, including a starting role in every one of their Premiership games.
His performances for the Gers helped him pick up his first cap for Nigeria in the most recent international break, scoring on his debut in a friendly against Ukraine.