Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Ibrox midfielder Joe Aribo will go away with Nigeria on international duty and face Brazil in Singapore – despite bizarre suggestions of a looming ‘club v country division

Aribo missed the last few Rangers games after suffering a bad head wound in the win over Livingston, even training wearing a scrum cap, but Gerrard admitted that the midfielder was “very close” to being involved against Hamilton on Sunday.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 07: Joe Aribo of Rangers is seen in action during the pre season friendly match between Rangers and Oxford United at Ibrox Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The Super Eagles star will now face the Samba superstars in Singapore as he looks to add to his blossoming reputation following his impressive debut at international level.

”Joe (Aribo) was very close to being 100% so that is a positive for us,” Gerrard told the Evening Times.

”I would have Joe if needed but I wanted to give him his scar as much time as possible to heal, he will go away on international duty and probably be involved with Nigeria”.

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Since arriving at Ibrox from Charlton over the summer, Aribo has quickly silenced any critics of his move with a string of impressive displays and winning international recognition.

Despite winning his first cap for Nigeria he remains eligible to represent England until he makes a competitive appearance for the Super Eagles, which could happen next month against Benin in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 04: Joe Aribo of Rangers controls the ball during the Ladbrokes Premier League match between Kilmarnock and Rangers at Rugby Park on August 04, 2019 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

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With Gerrard confirming he’s back and available, getting the chance to shine against Brazil would be a fantastic opportunity for Aribo to show what he’s all about.

His return will also give Rangers another option in midfielder for the trip to Tynecastle after the internationals as they look to build on going top of the table and cement their place ahead of bitter rivals Celtic.

 

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