Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has insisted that Joe Aribo is in the “right place” after he came in for criticism for choosing to join the Gers – and pointed to his debut goal for Nigeria as proof that he made the right move.

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer was one of a number of critics who questioned Aribo’s decision to head for Ibrox in the summer, claiming it was “not the right place” for him.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 25: Joe Aribo of rangers celebrates after he scores the opening goal 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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Gerrard admitted the midfielder is “delighted” after scoring on his debut in the 2-2 draw with Ukraine as he congratulated the 23-year-old for proving his critics wrong.

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“I have just spoken to Joe, he is delighted,” Gerrard said, as quoted by Rangers’ official Twitter account.

“Congratulations to him on his debut and goal and it shows he is at the right place playing football to be rewarded on the international stage.


“Joe Aribo is in the right place, trust me.”


Since joining Rangers over the summer, Aribo has quickly impressed fans as his performances have shown exactly why Bowyer was so upset at losing him.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 01: Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers FC looks on during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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With four goals to his name already for the Gers, he’s also added a goalscoring threat from midfield that Gerrard’s side has lacked at times.

Hopefully, his emergence as a full international can help him kick on and continue to improve and help Rangers towards a title success this season.

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