Glasgow Rangers manager, Steven Gerrard has revealed how Joe Aribo’s form at the club won him a call-up to the Super Eagles.
The Rangers coach made this known during a press conference ahead of Rangers’ Scottish Premiership match against Livingston billed for Saturday.
Gerrard was, of course, reacting to Aribo’s debut goal for the Eagles when Nigeria took on Ukraine in an international friendly match at the Dnipro Arena on Tuesday.
“Congratulations to him (Aribo), on his first match, he was able to get a goal. I believe he was rewarded for his form at Rangers,” said Gerrard.
“Being his first call-up, it goes to show you that he is in the right place, and he is playing soccer at the right level. At last, he is now recognized at the international stage.
“Nigerians must have been watching him since he began playing at Rangers, and they must be satisfied with him playing in Europa League games right in front of 51,000 spectators.
“Now those who pick the Super Eagles squad know that he can now play in the big stage. I’m not sure there are many players in the Championship who playing for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.”
The 23-year old Aribo switched to Rangers after leaving Charlton Athletic this summer. He made his debut for Steven Gerrard’s side on July 9.