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Aribo: Pressure of Playing For Rangers Making Me a Better Footballer

Aribo: Pressure of Playing For Rangers Making Me a Better Footballer

Nigeria midfielder Joe Aribo says the pressure of playing for Glasgow Rangers is making him a better player and person, reports Completesports.com.

Aribo linked up with the Gers from Charlton Athletic last summer and has developed into a better player under the guidance of Steven Gerrard.

The 23-year-old has scored two goals and registered six assists in 18 league appearances for Rangers this season.

Aribo admits that It is the high level of expectation from Rangers fans and staff that is spurring him and his teammates on into the second half of the Scottish Premier League season.

“One thing I have always said is that the fans, they are just ruthless, they want to win every game and it has to be by a big margin,” Aribo told the media on Friday ahead of Sunday’s Scottish Premiership clash against Heart.

”I know every week I have to perform, I have to be the best that I can be and we have to do that as a team also.

“That pressure makes you a better player and a better person because you know if you’re sloppy or you’re not at your best, then you will come out of the team. It is good pressure and it is what you need to be the best that you can be.

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“You have to get the chance to play in a position and grab it. I just want to keep being able to grab that position.”

Aribo added: “I just want to go out there and express myself, that’s all the gaffer says to me before a game and I am just happy that I am able to do that.

“We know how aggressive and fast this league can be, so that was one thing I had to learn when I came here. I am just grateful I am able to have caught up with it and can perform.

“We have to have a quick turnaround in this period of games because you can’t dwell on the last result or the last game; we just have to think about the next fixture that is coming.

“Momentum is a big thing and if you are winning then you just want to keep winning, keep playing and keep the games coming thick and fast so you can keep winning,” Aribo concluded.

By Adeboye Amosu

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