Whilst Ianis Hagi will take most of the plaudits for Rangers’ inspired comeback victory against Braga, spare a thought for Joe Aribo.

The shy midfielder changed the game when he came on the pitch, shifting around positions, ending up at left-back and showing incredible composure for the second goal.

It was an inspired performance and shows exactly why Steven Gerrard was so buzzing with his Nigerian international midfielder after the game [RangersTV].

Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo was in inspired form as he came off the bench and scored against Braga. (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

“I absolutely loved Joe Aribo tonight,” said Gerrard.

“For a couple of reasons.

“Because he didn’t sulk when he was left out of the XI, he was positive in the dressing room. When I asked him to come on and do a job, he was super ready, he was more than ready.

“He epitomised everything that we were about in the second half. He played out of position, he played in more than one position, but never complained and got on with it and he had a massive, outstanding contribution tonight.

“I’m so proud of him, I’ll have a bit of Joe Aribo anywhere I go.”

The former Charlton midfielder is clearly highly thought of at Ibrox and Steven Gerrard’s decision to bring the player on was inspired.

A calming, creative influence, his introduction to the competition changed the game for Rangers.

Joe Aribo has eight goals and eight assists in 42 Rangers games this season. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

A player who has shown in flashes his ability to turn a match on its head, Aribo has reserved arguably his best spell in a Rangers shirt during the time we needed it most.

Is this a sign of things to come for the gangly Nigerian midfielder?

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