Super Eagles star, Joe Aribo is gushing over praise by Rangers legend Brian Laudrup and former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher.
The 24-year-old has produced some eye-catching performances for the Ibrox Stadium outfit since joining the Gers in the summer of 2019 but has missed their last two games against Livingston and Kilmarnock due to an injury.
Laudrup and Fletcher believe that the Nigerian is a major difference maker in the Rangers line-up and his absence is always felt.
“I’m aware of Brian Laudrup’s standing at Rangers. Hearing praise from Laudrup is amazing. I’m happy that I’m able to show what I can do on the pitch at Rangers,” Aribo said, as per Daily Record.
“I read the comments and other people will see them too. The way I play, it’s normal for me to create chances. I like to open the door, to open defences and move people about. It’s nice knowing I have to be one of the men to do it. I’m going to thrive on that constantly.
“It’s good pressure to have because of the type of person I am. I am not one to go hiding so it’s good to have as a player. But we have other players who can also provide that creative spark for the team. In every game, I want to show my talent and if that means setting up others, that will be the case.
“But even without me, there are other players who can do what I do. It’s always good to hear comments and praise from people I watched growing up. Just knowing they have a high opinion of me is nice.
“I watched Fletcher as a boy so it’s always a big boost for me to hear that from someone like him. Funnily enough, I supported Manchester United growing up. I enjoyed watching Fletcher and always supported him. He was one of the main players in the team.”
Aribo scored eight goals and had eight assists last season for Rangers which earned him the club’s Young Player of the Season award.