Rangers star sets sights on more silverware after gruelling 70-game season
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Joe Aribo sets sights on more silverware after gruelling 70-game season

Rangers star Joe Aribo has praised manager Gio van Bronckhorst and his Ibrox teammates for their faith in him as the Nigerian insisted he is a different player than he was when he first arrived in Glasgow.

Aribo made the most appearances of any player on earth last season, racking up 70 appearances for club and country in a rollercoaster campaign for the Super Eagles star.

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“Playing in different positions has helped me realise what I’m capable of doing and also given me an opportunity to keep growing,” said Aribo [BBC]

“As a young footballer craving a chance to play, you’d grab the chance to even play in goal. But here I am being asked to play for my club in different roles on the pitch, I was happy to do it.

“I must say I am no longer the player I was after going through that phase [of self-doubt].

“I am grateful to the manager for the trust, my team-mates for believing in me and supporting me.”

After missing out on the league title and Europe League – as well as Nigeria’s early exit from AFCON earlier in the year – Aribo has his sights set on adding to the Scottish Cup the Light Blues won last month.

The Ibrox star admits there is disappointment at losing the league and Europa League but is confident that things are still heading in the right direction at Ibrox.

“It’s been a long season and I played a lot of games but as a whole I’m happy to get silverware. A bit disappointed about the league and Europa League defeat, but to win a trophy is a good thing.

“Before I came to Scotland I didn’t realise how big and special the club is or imagine having the most passionate fans around us. They’re the best fans.

“I am happy to be writing a good story with the club and we go again next season with the hope of winning silverware.”

Aribo will be vital for Rangers in upcoming title challenge

Despite struggling for form at times as the season reached its climax, the Nigerian will have a massive role to play next season.

Aribo’s creativity is vital for Gio van Brockhorst’s side and getting him firing on all cylinders will be key to the Gers’ title hopes.

However, after a gruelling season this term, Rangers need to make sure that Aribo isn’t burned out by the physical demands on him.

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