Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has claimed a great performance at the Scottish Premier League club helped Joe Aribo earn an international call-up by Nigeria.
Aribo was handed a starter's shirt on his debut and scored a 3rd minute goal as the Super Eagles played a 2-2 draw with Ukraine in an international friendly on Tuesday.
“I have spoken to Joe (Aribo), he is delighted. Congratulations to him, on his first game, he manages to get a goal, he was rewarded for his form in Rangers,” Gerrard said in a press conference ahead of Rangers’ Scottish Premiership game against Livingston on Saturday.
“It was his first call-up, so it shows you that he is at the right place, and he is playing football at the right level, at last, he has been recognised at the international level and he has been rewarded with his first goal.
“Nigeria must have started watching him since he started playing at Rangers, they must be happy with him playing in Europa League games and him playing in front of 51,000 people.
“So people who select the squad for the Nigeria team know that he can now play in big football games, I don’t know many players in the Championship who are playing for Nigeria.”
Aribo joined Rangers from English Championship side Charlton Athletic in the summer, making his debut on July 9.
The 23-year old has scored four goals in 12 appearances for the Ibrox side.