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Joseph Dosu warns Rangers star Joe Aribo about 'immense pressure'

Joe Aribo of Rangers FC in action during the UEFA Europa League Play Off First Leg match between Legia Warsaw and Rangers FC on August 22, 2019 in Warsaw, Poland.

Can the Rangers man continue from his positive start at Ibrox with a solid international performance?

Joe Aribo of Rangers FC in action during the UEFA Europa League Play Off First Leg match between Legia Warsaw and Rangers FC on August 22, 2019 in Warsaw, Poland.

Joseph Dosu has warned Rangers star Joe Aribo and others of the potential 'immense pressure' he could be under if he performs well for Nigeria against Ukraine this evening, The Scottish Sun report.

Aribo could win his first international cap later tonight after getting a call-up on the back of his excellent start to life at Ibrox.

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Dosu, who is an Olympic gold medal winner with his country, believes that there shouldn't be too expectation put on the shoulders of the Steven Gerrard signing and other potential debutantes in the Nigeria side.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: "It has become a norm in our football that when new players are invited to the Super Eagles, we always expect them to deliver as soon as possible.

"I really don’t think that is very easy considering the fact that many of them may not really impress in their first game.

"However, a few of them tend to win the heart of Nigerians by trying to impress, thereby putting themselves under immense pressure.

"I wouldn’t want Nigerians to judge some of the newly invited players such as Joe Aribo, Emil Maduka Okoye, Josh Maja, and Emmanuel Dennis by the Ukraine friendly."

 

Something to thrive on

Pressure is something that Aribo will have to get used to if he's to stamp real authority on the Scottish Premiership. His mentality will need to be strong to perform well for a big club like Rangers on a regular basis.

The player was notably below par against Celtic recently, seemingly a little lost in the occasion.

International occasions like tonight are a major positive for his development and should help him improve.

Joe Aribo of Rangers FC in action during the UEFA Europa League Play Off First Leg match between Legia Warsaw and Rangers FC on August 22, 2019 in Warsaw, Poland.

Exposure to as many high profile and high pressure matches as possible is key, having spent much of his career in the English lower leagues.

Aribo has every chance of being a success at Ibrox and if he can take the confidence of a first international cap back to Rangers then it could help him forget about the derby day disaster.

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