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Aribo Sustains Tempo after Scoring on Nigeria Debut

Rangers 3-1 Livingston

Aribo and teammate celebrating a goal
Aribo and teammate celebrating a goal

Joe Aribo has continued his fine form after having an assist in 3-1 Rangers win over Livingston over the weekend.

The Nigeria international scored on his Super Eagles debut  in an international friendly against Ukraine in Dnipro.

Aribo made a flick pass at the crucial moment of the game and was neatly converted by

Alfredo  Morelos with an header to result into Rangers’ 3rd goal to win the match.

Rangers had fell behind to Steven Lawless’s second-half penalty but Morelos and James Tavernier struck back.

Livingston’s Lyndon Dykes was sent off before Brandon Barker completed the scoring late on.

Until the 40th minute, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard would have been vexed only by his side’s failure to convert their chances.

A dominant display was the foundation for Morelos to shoot over from a good position and to see his close-range header saved by Livingston goalkeeper Ross Stewart.

In between those efforts, Rangers midfielder Scott Arfield struck the crossbar with a drilled effort from the edge of the area.

Five minutes before the break, though, Kent limped off, wiping his eyes with his jersey. He had been a lively presence, and was clearly affected by the need to leave the field through injury.

Rangers endured more suffering after the break when Arfield’s trip sent Dykes to the ground inside the penalty area and Lawless calmly converted the spot kick.

The occasion demanded a show of resolve from the home side, and Livingston’s lead lasted only eight minutes. Tavernier delivered the equaliser with a free-kick that evaded everyone inside the penalty area and bounced into the net.

Livingston still carried a threat, and Chris Erskine sent a header against the crossbar, but Rangers refused to wilt and took the lead when Morelos converted Joe Aribo’s flick with a powerful header.

With Dykes sent off and Barker completing the scoring, the dismay firmly settled on Livingston. Rangers faced their own anxiety following the final whistle, though, with Kent’s injury to be assessed.

READ ALSO: Scoring for Eagles is special for me and family – Aribo

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