Steven Gerrard waxed lyrical about midfielder Joe Aribo after a win over Brondby in the Europa League.

The Gers produced a professional performance to defeat the Danish champions 2-0 at Ibrox, with first-half goals coming from Leon Balogun and Kemar Roofe.

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Roofe was initially flagged offside but a goal was given after a VAR check. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Brondby failed to land a shot on target and the hosts were unlucky not to win by more goals, with Alfredo Morelos and Scott Arfield both hitting the woodwork and Aribo denied what appeared to be a clear penalty despite a VAR check.

There were decent individual performances all over the pitch but the manager was particularly impressed by Aribo.

“I thought his first 45 minutes tonight was outstanding,” he said [BT Sport]. “That’s probably the reason why he tired a little bit because he’s played a lot and has been away on international duty.”

“But if he can find that performance consistently over 90 minutes, we’ll be lucky to keep hold of him.”

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Rangers boss Gerrard lauded Aribo after a strong showing vs Brondby. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Gerrard raves about Rangers star Aribo after Brondby win

Aribo has a brilliant first touch, silky feet and an eye for goal, but his aggression and physicality were the most impressive aspects of his performance against Brondby.

 

He seemed to emerge from every duel with the ball at his feet, helping to ensure the home side spent the majority of the night on the front foot.

There are still aspects of his game that must improve, with the consistency of his end product one of them.

But he’s come on leaps and bounds since he signed from Charlton in the summer of 2019 and it’s little surprise that other clubs are now reportedly circling.

It didn’t all go according to plan for Rangers on Thursday night, though, with a major concern emerging.

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