Rangers star Joe Aribo waxed lyrical about Paul Pogba on Twitter for his eye-catching Euro 2020 display on Monday night, although France would eventually crash out of the competition following a superb comeback from Switzerland.
Aribo, who is adored by Gers supporters for his brilliant first touch and quick feet, took part in the first day of pre-season training at Auchenhowie on Monday.
The players were put through their paces in the gym and with running work, but the Nigeria international wasn’t too tired to take in the late kick-off.
He praised France’s no.6 last week for an impressive showing in a draw with Portugal and was blown away again by his individual performance against the Swiss.
The world champions were slow out of the blocks and trailed 1-0 at the interval, but after Hugo Lloris saved a penalty to keep the deficit at one, they burst into life.
Pogba was at the centre of pretty much everything in midfield, too, showing off a remarkable range of passing and scoring one of the goals of the tournament.
After a brace from Karim Benzema had put Les Blues 2-1 up, Pogba bent a brilliant long-range effort into the top right corner, stunning both Clive Tyldesley and Ally McCoist on commentary.
It’s fair to say Aribo was impressed too, writing on Twitter: ‘Omg Paul Pogba. My centre mid!”, along with shocked and handshake emojis.
He then retweeted a reply from Huddersfield Town defender Naby Sarr which simply read: “PP” alongside two star emojis.
Omg Paul Pogba😮 My Centre Mid!🤝
— Joe Aribo (@J_Aribo19) June 28, 2021
The night would go downhill from there for Pogba and France, though, as the 28-year-old was dispossessed for the second of the two Switzerland goals in the final nine minutes which took the match to extra time before the Swiss eventually triumphed on penalties.
Aribo will be keen to see Rangers avoid any similar implosions during the 2021/22 season but if he can score a few Pogba-esque goals, he’ll become even more popular with the Ibrox faithful.