Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has corrected claims from the press that midfielder Joe Aribo has been put out to the wing in recent matches.

Speaking as the Ibrox boss prepares for the visit of Hearts, Gerrard fielded questions on his preparations for the trip to Tynecastle.

With one reporter asking if moving Aribo out wide was getting the best of the player, the Liverpool legend didn’t hesitate to jump in and correct him.

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“I’ll have to correct you there because he hasn’t been playing wide”, said Gerrard.

“He’s been playing as a number 10, with freedom to go and express himself and to be on the centre of the pitch, on the left of the pitch, on the right of the pitch, wherever he feels he can go and cause trouble for the opposition.

“We want to release him from any burden in terms of tactics. So that’s where we feel like we can get the best Joe Aribo.

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“I think his form, certainly over the last couple of months has been fantastic. We’re talking about a top talent here and that’s the reason why we tried so hard to get him here in the first place.”

Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo has been praised by Rangers boss Steven Gerrard for how he has taken to a free-role within the side. (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

Joe Aribo looking to “grab” opportunity at Rangers

The comments come after Aribo has established himself in the place of the traditional right-winger within the Rangers’ formation.

Gerrard’s gushing comments about the player clearly show how highly he rates the Nigerian international and Aribo himself believes the tactical changes is getting the best out of himself.

“I just want to go out there and express myself, like the gaffer says to me,” said Aribo.

“That’s all he says to me before a game and I’m just happy I’m able to do that.

Rangers signed Joe Aribo after a successful season with Charlton where they gained promotion from League One. (Photo by Leila Coker/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“You got to get the chance to play in a position and grab and I just want to keep being able to grab that position.”

Rangers reportedly pipped Celtic to the signing of Joe Aribo in the summer as his contract expired with Charlton athletic.

The 23-year-old midfielder has gone on to make 34 appearances for Rangers this season, scoring six goals.

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