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Aribo relishing positive pressure at the Ibox Stadium

Joe Aribo


Super Eagles midfielder Joe Aribo has revealed he is under intense pressure to deliver for his Scottish league side Rangers, noting that the fans insist not only in winning every match but with wide margin.

Such mindset according to the former Charlton Athletic ace mounts a lot of pressure on every player that wants to be in the good books of the fans and also maintain regular slot in the team.

He however described the pressure as positive one as it has gingered him to work harder with a view to improving his performance with every match.

“One thing I have always said is that the fans here at Rangers are just ruthless, they want to win every game and it has to be by a big margin.

Super Eagles midfielder Joe Aribo battles against Brazilian player during the international friendly

“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,” he enthused.

Aribo who was impressive for Super Eagles in 2021 AFCON qualifiers said nothing gladdens the heart of every player than winning matches and meeting set targets.

“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.”

The former Staines Town midfielder who was first called into the Nigerian squad in a friendly against Ukraine made his debut a memorable one playing for full 90 minutes and scoring in the 2-2 draw against the Andriy Shevchenko led side.

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He also proved that his performance in the said friendly was no fluke as he again impressed against Brazil as the Super Eagles held the 5-time world cup winners to a 1-1 draw.

Rangers lost 2-1 away to Hearts last Sunday and Aribo and his teammates will be hoping to return to winning ways when they host Ross County on Wednesday at the Ibrox Stadium.



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