Rangers fans have showered encomium on Super Eagles midfielder, Joe Aribo for his sterling performance in the season-opening tie against Aberdeen, Rangersnews.co.uk can report.
The Gers triumphed 1-0 in the behind-closed-doors fixture at Pittodrie, courtesy of a composed Ryan Kent finish in the 21st minute.
It wasn’t plain sailing against Derek McInnes’ side, but a solid debut performance from Leon Balogun helped the visitors to a deserved three points.
Steven Gerrard’s men were quietly effective rather than spectacular, but there were a number of strong individual performances.
Joe Aribo was the standout for many, though, as he carried on from an excellent pre-season and his form would be of great delight to Super Eagles gaffer, Gernot Rohr who is looking forward to building a new midfield around Aribo after John Obi Mikel’s retired from the national team
The Nigeria international was allowed relative freedom to roam by his manager and linked the midfield and forward lines effectively.
He showed his quality early on with a fantastic touch and turn that left Andy Considine trailing in his wake.
Thereafter, the former Charlton man oozed quality in possession with a number of strong dribbles and deft flicks.
As Aberdeen searched for an equaliser, the 24-year-old was happy to muck in defensively and he was unfortunate to be robbed of a goal in injury time when Ash Taylor blocked his net-bound shot.