By Saikat Mandal

30th Sep, 2021 | 7:15am

Joe Aribo admits Rangers haven't been at their best

Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo has admitted that the Ibrox outfit haven’t been at their best this season.

The Gers find themselves at the top of the Scottish Premiership table after seven games, but they are yet to match the dizzy heights of last season.

Although Rangers are six points ahead of Celtic at the moment, Steven Gerrard’s side are only leading by a point from second-placed Hibernian.

Aribo has suggested what the Rangers players have discussed in the dressing room about their current form.

The 25-year-old, who scored against Dundee in the last game, has admitted that they have not been at their best so far, but at the same time has suggested that there’s no complacency in the team.

“I wouldn’t necessarily say we’ve discussed it too much. We’ve spoken about wanting to be better and wanting to improve,” said Aribo as quoted by The Scottish Sun.

“It’s good for us because we know, even where we are sitting right now, we want to improve and get better. So that shows that there’s no complacency within the squad. Everyone wants to improve and do more to be better.

“That shows you how strong we are as a team. We’ve not been at our best, but we are still in a good position.”

Sluggish start

Rangers have looked a shadow of the team that won the Scottish Premiership title at a canter last season.

They have dropped points against Motherwell and Dundee United already, and the Gers have fared poorly in European games as well.

However, the only big positive for the Bears at the moment is that they are picking up crucial points despite not playing well and that they will get better as the season progresses.

Rangers will face Sparta Prague in the Europa League clash tonight, and Aribo is expected to play a key role.

The Nigerian international scored only his second goal of the season last week, and for a player of his calibre, he should be aiming to score more.

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