When Rangers signed Joe Aribo in the summer, there was something about the way Steven Gerrard reacted to the signing that had the Ibrox fans excited about the midfielder’s role in the hunt for 55.

Not to mention the fact the former Charlton star picked Rangers over Celtic to find a home in Govan.

After making some rousing comments in the wake of Rangers’ “rusty” performance against Stranraer, can the new Nigerian international prove a telling force in delivering the title?

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Midfielder Joe Aribo is emerging as an important member of the side in Rangers’ quest for 55. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“We knew we just needed to progress on Friday night,” said Aribo [Daily Record].

“It was a frustrating game at times. We knew we needed to show more.

“We were a bit rusty after the break and we needed to get that game in so we could move forward.

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“We’ve not played in a few weeks so the first game was always going to be rusty and we are just happy to get rid of the cobwebs. Now we can move on.

 

“We had momentum after the Old Firm game and it’s important we keep the momentum going, even after the break.

“We don’t want to slip up, we don’t want to look back with regrets. We just want to win in every game we play.”

It’s the right kind of attitude that’s required to be a success at Rangers and is part of the reason why the club’s supporters have begun to warm to the 23-year-old.

Aribo was one of the bright lights in an otherwise dreary night at Ibrox against Stranraer, where the Union Bears introduced a new chant to the player’s name.

Rangers need a big few months from Joe Aribo is they’re to be successful this season. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The lanky, skilful midfielder had begun to show just why Steven Gerrard was so excited to sign him as the winter break opened back in December.

If Aribo can blow off the cobwebs as he states here, you can bet he’ll have been a vital player for Rangers should they lift that title in May.

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