Ex-Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo had a Premier League debut to forget as his newly adopted Southampton side were humbled by Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur.

On the English top flight’s opening weekend the Nigerian international, 26, saw his team well beaten 4-1 on the day as the midfielder lasted the full 90 minutes in a disappointing opening day for the Saints.

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Things had got off to the perfect start when James Word Prowse put Southampton ahead with an early volley but Spurs responded emphatically.

Ryan Sessegnon and Eric Dier had the game turned around before half-time before Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side were ruthlessly dispatched in the second half courtesy of an own goal from Mohammed Salisu and another Spurs strike from Dejan Kulusevski.

The result was the most comprehensive defeat of the opening weekend to date and will come as a bitter disappointment to ex-Rangers star Joe Aribo who had an impressive pre-season at St Mary’s.

Only last week the midfielder was being heralded for a stunning solo goal in pre-season as Joe Aribo glided past the Villarreal defence to net in a goal reminiscent of that famous strike v Braga.

The midfielder had just moved to Southampton in a deal worth up to an initial £10m to Rangers [the Athletic] but this match is certainly a difficult one to grade his Premier League credentials.

The ex-Charlton star was up against it against Spurs who will be hoping to make a proper impression under Antonio Conte this season.

Joe Aribo paid tribute to Rangers after Southampton switch

Speaking after his move to Rangers, Joe Aribo has even been discussing how much the Ibrox club means to him even if he’s swapped Scotland for Southampton.

The midfielder was talking about scoring Rangers’ goal in the Europa League Final heartbreak against Eintracht Frankfurt.

“It was surreal,” said Aribo.

“I don’t think words can actually describe how I felt out there. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know how to celebrate. I lost like everything.

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“I literally didn’t know what to do. I remember I saw my family who were right there. And even in that, just seeing them celebrating was an amazing feeling.

“I don’t think words can actually describe how I felt out there. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know how to celebrate. I lost like everything.

“Rangers are a real family. It holds a big place in my heart. The fans are amazing as are my team-mates and the staff. Leaving hasn’t actually sunk in yet.”

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