'Star boy' 'Boss' - These int'l fans go wild as Rangers star touches down ahead of crucial games
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Rangers player lauded by Nigeria fans after touching down ahead of crucial qualifiers

Rangers star Joe Aribo has been lauded by Nigeria fans after touching down in Lagos ahead of a pair of crucial Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers.

Aribo struggled to make an impact in Sunday’s Old Firm at Celtic Park but has had a strong season in Light Blue, playing both in midfield and as an inside forward.

Nigeria fans have praised Rangers star Joe Aribo after he reported to camp ahead of important qualifiers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He’s made 35 appearances in total, scoring seven goals and notching four assists, and after 55 was secured earlier this month, he now has a first major honour under his belt.

Aribo touched down on Monday evening ahead of AFCON qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho and when the official Super Eagles Twitter account posted a picture of him at the team hotel, he was lauded by excited supporters.

Rangers defender Leon Balogun, who had a tough time at right-back against Celtic at the weekend but assisted Alfredo Morelos’ goal, has also completed the 4000-mile journey to the West African nation.

Nigeria face Benin away in Port-Novo on Saturday before returning to Lagos to take on Lesotho on Tuesday.

Leon Balogun is also likely to feature for the Super Eagles. (Photo by Ryan Pierse – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Given the strength of their squad, they should be confident that they can secure two victories.

However, the Super Eagles drew their previous two qualifiers against lowly Sierra Leone, ensuring that they still require at least one win from these final two matches to guarantee their place at AFCON 2022 in Cameroon [Goal.com].

Meanwhile, a Rangers star has had to pull out of international duty after suffering an injury setback.

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