Steven Gerrard appears to take a dig at Lee Bowyer when discussing Aribo

Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers FC looks on during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo starred for Nigeria this week.

Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers FC looks on during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has told The Scottish Sun that Joe Aribo's cap and goal for Nigeria showed that he is playing for the right club.

The Gers swooped to sign Aribo at the end of his Charlton Athletic contract this summer, paying minimal compensation to take him to Ibrox.

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Aribo starred for the Addicks last season, hitting 10 goals and five assists as they won promotion back to the Championship, but they were always fighting a losing battle to keep him at The Valley.

 

In the end, Aribo chose a move to Rangers, seemingly viewing Gerrard's side as the best club to continue his career with, despite criticism over the move.

Aribo's Charlton boss Lee Bowyer told talkSPORT that he didn't think the midfielder was making the right move, believing Scottish football wouldn't further his career.

Bowyer's opinion may well have been based on the limited compensation Charlton received compared to if he'd joined an English club, but it's hard to argue with the decision right now.

Not only has Aribo impressed with four goals in 12 Rangers appearances, but he's also earned his first cap for Nigeria – and bagged his first goal in the 2-2 draw with Ukraine this week.

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.

Gerrard has now reacted to Aribo's success, and seemed to take a dig at Bowyer by highlighting that Nigeria boss Gernot Rohr probably only called up the midfielder off the back of his Rangers performances, feeling he wouldn't have been called up had he been in the Championship.

“Joe Aribo is in the right place, trust me,” said Gerrard. “He (Gernot Rohr) must have started watching him since he was playing at Rangers. They must be happy with him playing in Europa League games and playing in front of 51,000.”

“The people who select now for the Nigerian international football team know now that he can play in big football games. I don't know many players in the Championship who are playing for Nigeria,” he added.

Joe Aribo of Rangers is seen in  action during the pre season friendly match between Rangers and Oxford United  at Ibrox Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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