Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo will use the “huge experience” he gained in the recent Old Firm defeat to cope with the pressure of being a success at Ibrox, according to the Nigerian’s former youth coach.

Mark Fabian worked with Aribo at Staines Town before he signed for Charlton Athletic and has “no doubt” that the midfielder will cope with the expectations at Ibrox.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 01: Hatem Elhamed of Celtic challenges for the ball with Joseph Aribo of Rangers FC during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Despite struggling against Celtic in the 2-0 defeat at Ibrox, Fabian is confident that it’ll stand Aribo in “good stead” after a positive start to his Rangers career.

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“I know the Old Firm game didn’t go the way he or Rangers would have wanted but it would have been a huge experience for him and it will stand him in good stead,” Fabian said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“I have no doubt he will cope with the pressure of playing for Rangers. Joe’s got a great mentality and he’s played in big games in huge atmospheres.

“He played play-off final against Sunderland at Wembley last year and looked comfortable on that stage.



“He won’t be intimidated by playing at Ibrox every other week. The fans will take to him because he gives 100 per cent every time he goes on to the pitch.”

Aribo’s form for Rangers since signing for the Gers over the summer has saw him win his first call-up to the Nigerian national team.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 25: Joe Aribo of Rangers vies with Adrian Ferino of Progres Niederkorn during the Europa League Second Qualifying round first leg match between Rangers and Progres Niederkorn at Ibrox Stadium on July 25, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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With tough competition for starting places at Ibrox, Aribo will need to be at his best consistently if he is to keep his place in the side.

There’s no doubt that his Old Firm experience will help him in the long-term though and he’ll be a better player for it when the sides meet again later in the season.


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