Rangers fans have heaped praise on Joe Aribo for his performance in Saturday’s opening day Premiership victory over Aberdeen.
The Gers triumphed 1-0 in the behind-closed-doors fixture at Pittodrie, courtesy of a composed Ryan Kent finish in the 21st minute.
It wasn’t plain sailing against Derek McInnes’ side, but a solid debut performance from Leon Balogun helped the visitors to a deserved three points.
Steven Gerrard’s men were quietly effective rather than spectacular, but there were a number of strong individual performances.
Kent was lively throughout and took his goal well, while Borna Barisic was constantly available in attack on the left flank and looked solid defensively.
Joe Aribo was the standout for many, though, as he carried on from an excellent pre-season.
The Nigeria international was allowed relative freedom to roam by his manager and linked the midfield and forward lines effectively.
He showed his quality early on with a fantastic touch and turn that left Andy Considine trailing in his wake.
Thereafter, the former Charlton man oozed quality in possession with a number of strong dribbles and deft flicks.
As Aberdeen searched for an equaliser, the 24-year-old was happy to muck in defensively and he was unfortunate to be robbed of a goal in injury time when Ash Taylor blocked his net-bound shot.
Rangers fans were delighted with his showing and here’s a selection of their reactions from Twitter:
I could watch Joe Aribo play aw day
— euan (@_EuanG72) August 1, 2020
Balogun has strolled it so far
Aribo has been fantastic
Kent scores in another big game
Slow at times
Morelos is dropping far too deep
— Step overs in Heaven (@BenRFC3) August 1, 2020
Tell you something Aribo is different gravy
What a player he will be for us this season
3pts on to the next one
— Tom Stoltman (@stoltman_tom) August 1, 2020
Both looking good eh, Aribo is gonna be flying this season bro. Balogun strolled first half too
— Dunk (@DuncanMarnoch72) August 1, 2020
Get the win and back down the road. Aribo is gonna be massive this year #watp
— Hodgey 🇬🇧RFC (@roberthodge87) August 1, 2020
Joe Aribo velcro feet
— Scott (@ScottInglis1872) August 1, 2020
Last word on the game
What about Aribo in the corner? Pretty sure the full Aberdeen team, backroom staff, Ian crocker, 2 segualls and nd PA guy were trying to get the baw aff him and still couldn't get it.
— JD (@JDgawa1) August 1, 2020
Aribo or balogun motm easily! Both were superb today.
— Laura 💙 (@Ljt10x) August 1, 2020
Aribo what a plur
— Glen 🇬🇧 (@Glxn72) August 1, 2020
Aribo motm for me. Very classy as always. Ryan Jack also deserves a mention. Morelos and Kent also had a very good game and Balagun had an impressive debut. 👍🏼
— Bob Steele (@BobSteele55) August 1, 2020
What a player Aribo is gonna be this year 👀
— FH6264 (@Franco6264) August 1, 2020