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Gerrard backs Aribo to reach the top

22nd October 2019, 14:24 by Jack Ogalbe

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard believes Joe Aribo can become a superstar if he maintains his current upward trajectory.

The 23-year-old joined the Gers in the summer after running down his contract at Charlton and has already established himself as a critical cog in Gerrard’s well-oiled machine.

While he is yet to score in the Scottish Premiership, Aribo has found the net in both the Europa League and Scottish League Cup.

The Camberwell-born star’s exploits have not gone unnoticed and he recently made his debut for Nigeria, scoring last month against Ukraine and netting his second goal in as many caps in last Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Brazil.

Picking him up in the summer for a limited fee appears a real coup for the Gers and Aribo has the talent to play a leading role as they battle with Glasgow rivals Celtic for the title.

Gerrard, a world-class midfielder in his own playing days, has praised the youngster’s temperament and says he has the right combination of skills and attitude to prove himself at the highest level.

“The moment of the goal [against Brazil] and the type of goal, he will score them throughout his career because he’s got all the attributes to make the box,” Gerrard told Rangers TV.

“He’s got the soft feet in the box to create exciting things, and I still have to pinch myself that we got him here.

“Joe can be whatever he wants to be. If he stays as humble as he is, stays as professional and keeps showing effort and desire, Joe can make his career whatever he wants it to be.”

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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