Rangers star Aribo may be distracted by contract issue - Hutton

By Alan Hutton

8th Apr, 2022 | 9:02am

Rangers TV pundit makes Joe Aribo contract claim as clubs line up offers

Alan Hutton has suggested Joe Aribo may be distracted by his contract situation at Rangers ahead of the summer transfer window.

The former Gers defender and Rangers TV pundit, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted other clubs would be scouting the 25-year-old with a view to a move.

Aribo’s current terms, signed when he joined on a free transfer in 2019, expire in the summer of 2023.

As quoted by Football Scotland in February, Giovanni van Bronckhorst confirmed the club were planning contract talks with Aribo and Ryan Kent.

However, Hutton suggested the lack of “security” could be playing on the midfielder’s mind right now.

Asked if he thought Aribo’s contract situation could be affecting him, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Of course. If any footballer says that it doesn’t, then they’re just lying.

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“Of course, they’d think about it, it’s normal, it’s natural. If you only have a year left, you want that security so you can just totally concentrate on your football.

“You would like to think at the end of this season, there’ll be conversations had. There is no doubting his ability knees, he’s a top-class footballer who’s only going to get better.

“Yes, I think he’s looking a little bit not himself at this moment in time. That’s probably due to the amount he’s played.

“There will be other teams looking. He’s one of those players that, within the squad, other teams will be looking at. So he will want his future tied up.

“Then he can concentrate on what he does best and that’s playing football.”

As reported by the Daily Mail (30 November), Crystal Palace, Brentford and Watford were all interested in Aribo heading into the January window.

He has played 138 times for Rangers since leaving Charlton Athletic for Ibrox.

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