Tom English: Aribo was man of the match in Rangers win v Celtic
BBC Scotland journalist Tom English has named Joe Aribo as his man of the match after Rangers won the Old Firm derby on Sunday.
Steven Gerrard’s men progressed to the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup, where they’ll play St Johnstone, with a 2-0 win over Celtic at Ibrox.
Steven Davis and an own-goal by Jonjoe Kenny were enough for the Gers to seal yet another derby day victory.
It was Aribo who impressed English the most though with the journalist raving about the midfielder on BBC Sportsound after the game.
“[Rangers] had that counter-attacking and a couple of players in there with real pace. Kent was fantastic today, Aribo was man of the match.” Tom English told BBC Radio Scotland [17:01, Sunday].
Aribo on fire
It’s no shock that John Kennedy was forced to substitute Diego Laxalt off at half-time, Aribo spent the entire 45 minutes bullying the Celtic full-back.
It was a superb performance by Aribo, who was a creative force for the Light Blues in their 2-0 win over the Bhoys.
He set up Davis’ stunning overhead kick after a storming run down the right and assisted Ryan Kent’s effort that went down as an own goal by Kenny.
While Aribo did concede a penalty late on, which was saved by the superb Allan McGregor, it was no more than a small blot on an exemplary performance.
Aribo’s been superb this season.
He had a quiet spell earlier in the campaign and has looked a bit out of sorts when Gerrard has played him in the middle of the pitch and asked him to chip in defensively.
But when he’s unleashed and allowed to attack defences, there are no better players – outside of Ibrox – better than the Nigeria international.
In other Rangers news, Tam McManus was blown away by this player’s “tremendous” performance versus Celtic.