Gio van Bronckhorst insists Rangers remain “positive” about clinging on to Joe Aribo despite the key Ibrox star approaching the final 18 months of his contracts.
Playmaker Aribo has been the stand-out Gers player of the year candidate so far after taking his game to a new level.
His sublime touch-and-finish clinched victory against Hearts on Sunday as the Nigeria international made it four goals in his last eight games.
The 25 year old Nigerian’s performance and the limited time remaining on his deal will not have gone unnoticed by suitors down south who will be alert to the possibility of bagging a couple of cut-price bargains.
But Van Bronckhorst knows the best way for Gers to protect their investments will be to tie the influential Aribo down on fresh terms and he’s hopeful new agreement can be struck soon.
The Dutchman said:
“If you play really well of course you have interest in your players.
“I want to have my players performing really well, when they do that with a club like Rangers then interest will come.
“But of course we will look into the contract as well.
“Aribo is a very important part of the team and I’m very positive about him.
“I think the club is also very positive about him as well.
“Eventually when you’re both happy you can sign a new deal.
“We have to see in the coming months how we progress with Aribo.”