Rangers star Joe Aribo has opened up on his preferred position after Steven Gerrard made a tactical tweak against Hearts, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

The former Charlton Athletic man has primarily been deployed in midfield since joining the club this summer.

Aribo picks up the ball in a central position against Legia Warsaw. (Photo by PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images)

However, his manager tried him out further up the pitch on Sunday afternoon, in an attempt to liven things up on the problematic right side.

It seems that far from being reluctant to move up the pitch, the 23-year-old would enjoy playing there more often.

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“For me, it was good to play that bit further forward and get to interlink with Scott Arfield,” said Aribo, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. “We moved from one line to another and it’s really good to be able to do that.”

“I just want to put in a good performance regardless of the position I’m playing. I just try to be the best that I can be for the team.

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“I do what I have to for the team but I prefer to be as high up the pitch as I can.”

Scoring in each of in his first two games for Nigeria, Aribo has shown he can be clinical in front of goal. (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Verdict

Aribo has split opinion amongst fans since he made the move from England and it’s interesting to hear him say that he’s perhaps not been playing in his favourite role up until now.

He scored 10 League One goals for the Addicks last season, but only has one so far in the Premiership, suggesting greater involvement in the final third at his previous club.

It seems that the Nigeria international, who fared reasonably well yesterday without being spectacular, is still finding his feet and getting used to the pressures that come with being a Rangers player.

It’s very obvious that there’s a seriously talented footballer in there, though, and when he builds up confidence and finds some consistency, he will be a force to be reckoned with.

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