Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerard has praised Super Eagles midfielder Joe Aribo for displaying grit and desire in their 3-0 away win against Hibernian in Friday night’s league game, Completesports.com reports.
Aribo was on target in the win against Hibernian, netting his side’s second goal in the eight minute.
It was his second league goal of the season for Rangers.
Rangers got off to the best start in the game thanks to Ryan Kent who opened scoring in the fourth minute.
Former England international Jermain Defoe got on the score sheet when he made it 3-0 in the 53rd minute.
Hibernian were reduced to 10 men following the sending off of Ryan Porteous on the hour mark.
And speaking after the game, Gerard said Aribo showed the other side of his game.
“Joe chasing a lost cause shows what he is all about. He is not just a fantastic technical player, he’s got grit, he’s got desire.”
Gerard also commented on Aribo’s goal which gave Rangers a two-goal cushion.
“Our second goal was all about Ryan (Kent) and Joe Aribo, fantastic goal, good team goal and that gave us a bigger lead which was nice.”
And on why he decided to take Aribo off with 15 minutes remaining in the game, the Liverpool legend said: “The lads I took off Kent and Aribo, they’ve gone a lot of minutes of late. A lot of Europa League football and domestic football so it was wise to just give them some oxygen and give some other people an opportunity.
“Now we’ve got a couple of down days and we’ve got six days to prepare for Kilmarnock which we know what that will be about.”
The win move Rangers to 44 points, just two points off leaders Celtic in the league table.
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