Steven Gerrard insists the sky is the limit for Joe Aribo and hopes he will keep working with the new Super Eagles invitee for years to come, Completesports.com reports.
The Rangers midfielder capped a super showing as he scored the winner in a 3-0 win over East Fife to set up a Betfred Cup quarterfinal clash against Livingston next month.
Gerrard was left purring at the 23-year-old’s display at the Bayview Stadium for a much-changed Light Blues’ side with Jermain Defoe and Ross Dunlop’s own goal also ensuring that Rangers progressed to the quarterfinals.
Aribo, 23, was signed for free from Charlton Athletic in the summer and has been called up to the Nigeria squad for their September 10 friendly against Ukraine after an impressive start to life at Ibrox.
“Everyone will go away talking about Joe Aribo and rightly so. I am not sure how many good players have been at this stadium, but I don’t think you will see many better than Joe [Aribo],” Gerrard said of Aribo after the win against East Fife at Bayview Stadium.
“Joe can go as far as he wants. I hope he stays alongside me for many years, but he’s got the world at his feet.
“I can’t wait to work with him for longer. He was all over the pitch and covered every blade. He got his goal, he put in a tackle in the 85th minute when we were 3-0 up and he did everything right.
“He was outstanding from start to finish. He looked superb all day. He has four goals in eight games but it isn’t just about that it is about your all round performances.
“Top players turn up anywhere, it doesn’t matter if it is in front of 50,000, or 1,500, your standards are always the same and from day one Joe has done that.
“He was one who I was keen to get done and when I knew there was a chance I was all over it and did everything I could to get it over the line.
“I saw his potential and how much he wants it. It was a big change moving away from London but he has taken to it so smoothly.
“He has got so many attributes. It’s okay having them but if you have the right mentality and character you can go as far as you want to go.
“Joe expresses himself. He just loves playing football. He is robust, he’s leggy, rangy, can score a goal, can set them up, he tackles, he wins balls back, he’s skilful. He ticks every box and with experience he is only going to get better.”