Gerrard hails Aribo after Super Eagles debut

Joe Ayodele-Aribo against Ukraine Credit: Punch

Rangers manager, Steven Gerrard was delighted to see his player, Joe Ayodele-Aribo score on his international debut for Nigeria.

It took Aribo only four minutes to open his account for the Super Eagles in the 2-2 friendly draw with Ukraine on Tuesday.

Speaking to Rangers TV on Thursday, Gerrard said Aribo was rewarded for his current form with Rangers and it shows that “he’s at the right place, playing football at the right level”.

He said: “I spoke to Joe, he was on a recovery day. He is in a fantastic place, smiling away.

“Congratulations to him, his first game and he manages to get a goal.

“And he was rewarded for his form as a Rangers player. It was his first call-up so it shows you he’s at the right place, playing football at the right level: European football, playing in Old Firms.

“At last he has been recognised as an international player. Joe Aribo is in the right place, trust me.

“They must have started watching him since he was playing for Rangers. They must be happy with him playing in Europa League games and playing in front of 51,000.

“The people who select for the Nigerian national team know now that he can play in big football games.

“I don’t know many players in the Championship who are playing for Nigeria.”

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