Kris Boyd has heaped praise on Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo following his “stunning” goal against SC Braga in midweek. 

The Nigeria international turned on the style with a breathtaking solo effort to bring his side back into the first leg Europa League tie on Thursday – a game that the Gers would go on to win 3-2.

And former Ibrox hitman Boyd believes that the 23-year-old still has more to offer.

Writing in a column for the Scottish Sun, he said: “Even after that stunning Ricky Villa-style goal, gaffer Steven Gerrard asked the Ibrox faithful to stay patient with the Nigeria star.

“Gerrard says there’s much more to come from Aribo. You know what? That’s exactly what I’ve thought about him for a while now.

“There’s always been something which has attracted me to Aribo.

“He’s someone you would always leave on the pitch because he’s likely to produce something.

“He might be quiet for 80 or 85 minutes and frustrate the fans. But even when he’s playing badly — or the team are playing badly — he’s capable of creating that one opportunity to win a game.”

How good can Aribo be for Rangers?

We have already seen flashes of what Aribo can do during his time at Ibrox, and his brilliant goal against Braga was a fine example off that.

The way that he jinked and battled his way through a forest of bodies showed just how much quality he has at his disposal once he gets into gear.

The biggest issue he has, however, is his consistency.

That’s maybe not the most criminal thing in the world for a player of his age, but it’s only natural that it leads to some frustration amongst fans on occasion.

If he could iron those creases out so that he was performing at a seven out of 10 level every week, then the Gers would have a fantastic asset on their hands.

In other Rangers news, Gary McAllister reveals Gers ‘want’ to wrap up £4m deal for 21y/o.


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