Nigerian legend impressed with Rangers star in international debut

Nigerian legend Viktor Ikpeba has admitted that he was “really impressed” with the Super Eagles in their 2-2 draw with Ukraine this week and singled out Joe Aribo for praise after the Rangers star’s international debut.

Aribo scored just four minutes into his debut as Nigeria started a new era minus the likes of John Mikel Obi and Odion Ighalo after their retirement from international duty.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 01: Hatem Elhamed of Celtic challenges for the ball with Joseph Aribo of Rangers FC during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Ikpeba believes the “future is very bright” for the Africans and was pleased with the “promising” debut of Aribo.

“The absence of former skipper John Mikel Obi and Odion Ighalo who have retired from international duties were adequately covered which is good,” Ikpeba told

“I think the future is very bright for this team and Aribo who got his debut game for Nigeria looks promising enough. Overall, I’m really impressed.”


Aribo has made an impressive start to life at Rangers following his move from Charlton and Super Eagles fans were blown away with his performance against Ukraine.

WARSAW, POLAND - AUGUST 22: Joe Aribo of Rangers FC competes with Radoslaw Majecki of Legia during the UEFA Europa League Play Off First Leg match between Legia Warsaw and Rangers FC on August 22, 2019 in Warsaw, Poland.

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The midfielder’s form could spark a tug of war with England over his services and Nigeria would surely be desperate to keep hold of him.

After returning to Scotland this week, Aribo will be hoping to help Rangers get over their recent Old Firm defeat when they welcome Livingston to Ibrox on Saturday.

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James has written about Scottish football for a number of years, with a particular focus on Rangers, has produced content for the likes of Shoot!, WATP Magazine, the Daily Record, the Scottish FA, Youth Football Scotland and SB Nation’s Got The Battle Fever On. A lifelong Rangers fan, James has been attending games since 1994.

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