Glasgow Rangers captain James Tavernier has spoken highly of Ibrox teammate Joe Aribo after Steven Gerrard’s charges claimed a comeback for the ages last week, in conversation with The Scotsman.
Ibrox played host to Rangers against Braga last Thursday but things went pear-shaped in the beginning as the Ibrox side fell two goals down by the hour mark.
However, Rangers triumphed in the end thanks to a superb fightback, with Ianis Hagi netting a brace either side of Aribo’s superb solo effort.
Aribo was brought off the bench at half time in the unfamiliar position of left-back, and helped inspire an excellent comeback, as Gerrard’s men ran out 3-2 winners.
Ahead of Wednesday’s second leg in Portugal, Tavernier thinks that the Rangers players now need to follow Aribo’s example.
“Everyone was at it to a man,” Tavernier told The Scotsman. “Joe came on and made a real impact, he played three positions. He was terrific for us.
“That is what we need. It is a squad game and not just about the eleven that started the game. Anyone that is asked to come on has to make an impact and that is what the boys did.”
With Rangers’ Scottish Premiership title hopes having suffered a huge blow in recent weeks, a great Europa League run – potentially going all the way – would be a massive boost for the Ibrox club and the fanbase, especially given many Bears haven’t been impressed with the downturn in league form since January.
Aribo has enjoyed a decent enough maiden season at Rangers, if a little inconsistent, but his display against Braga in the first leg was nothing short of superb, and he will be hoping to deliver more European heroics on Wednesday night.