Joe Aribo admits Rangers exit hasn't sunk in as he hails Steven Gerrard influence
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Joe Aribo admits Rangers exit hasn't sunk in as he hails Steven Gerrard influence

Former Rangers star Joe Aribo has opened up on his Ibrox exit and admits it “hasn’t actually sunk in yet” that he’s no longer a Rangers player.

Aribo joined Southampton earlier this summer and the Nigerian international confessed that the Light Blues will always hold a special place for him after his time in Glasgow.

However, after completing his move to the Premier League, Aribo called it a “dream come true” for him as he gets set for the start of his debut season at St Mary’s.

“Rangers are a real family. It holds a big place in my heart. The fans are amazing as are my teammates and the staff,” Aribo said [Instagram].

“Leaving hasn’t actually sunk in yet. And that’s the thing with me. I don’t really let moments get to me too much.

“I do need to sit down and let this one sink in as it’s literally a dream come true (to move to the English Premier League). From a child I wanted this.”

Aribo thinks former Rangers boss Steven Gerrard was ‘really good’ for him

As well as opening up on his love for Rangers, Aribo also explained what it was like playing for Steven Gerrard at Ibrox.

As an English-born midfielder, the chance to work under one of the best the country has produced was a huge opportunity for Aribo and he relished teaming up with the Liverpool and England icon, adding: “Playing under Steven Gerrard was amazing. He was a big factor in me joining because I felt wanted.

“He’d banter with me, he was really good to me. Even off the field or if I was out of form. If I didn’t seem myself on the training ground he would notice it and pull me and speak to me in his office.

“He was really good for me.”

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