Rangers' Joe Aribo could miss Celtic Park clash; setback suffered

By Hamish Carton

September 11, 2020

Rangers attacker Joe Aribo could miss next month’s derby at Celtic Park, it has been revealed.

Neil Lennon’s Hoops face their rivals at Parkhead on October 17th – and one of the Ibrox men’s top performers could be missing.

Former Charlton man Aribo has missed his side’s last three matches and will spend at least another month on the sidelines, after Gers boss Steven Gerrard gave an update on Friday.

He told the Daily Record: “Joe Aribo has had a setback with an ankle strain and will be missing for four to six weeks.

Gerrard consoles Ryan Jack after Celtic defeat / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“It’s a big blow with Joe. He is a player we rate rightly, it is actually good news as it was a situation that it could have required surgery and but he doesn’t and we hope he can be back in four weeks.

“It will be a blow however as he is a major talent.”

Celtic have time to get it right against Rangers

So at least four weeks on the bench for Aribo. With the game coming in five, you doubt he’d be in a position to start the fixture having spent two months on the sidelines.

While we’re undoubtedly good enough to beat the Ibrox side with Aribo, his absence would have to be seen as a huge boost for us.

He has been one of their top performers so far this season, and is arguably one of the few players of quality that could really hurt us.

Of course, there are still five league matches to go before the fixture. They are all very winnable ones for Celtic too – with the visit of Hibernian in late September the only one that should really concern us.

Neil Lennon in Celtic training / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But Lennon’s men would be as blasé about what’s to come. They will take it one game at a time.

We’ve got a lot to get right over the coming weeks. We need to find a better system, and integrate the likes of David Turnbull, Shane Duffy and Albian Ajeti into our first team plans.

But we’ve seen in the past that this Celtic team can hit their groove very quickly. Let’s hope that begins on Saturday against Ross County.

In other news, Scott Brown shut down a question from a journalist on Boli Bolingoli during Thursday’s press conference