Super Eagles midfielder, Joe Aribo has relished his stunning strike for Rangers in a 4-2 win over Rose County on Sunday, as he claimed to have scored a similar goal sometime last season.
The 25-year-old powered home at Global Energy Stadium in the 15th minute after receiving a pass from Alfredo Morelos in the right corner of the box. He shifted the ball onto his left side, before unleashing his effort into the far corner past Rose County goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw.
Aribo’s goal prepared the road to victory for Steven Gerrard’s side as Connor Goldson added the second in the 19th minute but Harry Clarke pulled a goal back for the home team in the 40th minute.
In the second half, Alfredo Morelos scored the third for Rangers in the 56th minute but Rose Country reduced the deficit courtesy of Jordan White, who converted from the penalty spot in the 77th minute but Scott Arfield struck the fourth for the winners in the 84th minute.
“The boys are buzzing. We knew what we had to do today and put in a strong performance. We are definitely happy that we were able to do that,” Aribo told Rangers TV as quoted by Rangers Review.
“I have [scored a goal like that before]. I did it last season at home; it was a similar position and similar finish.
“I think when we come to places like this, we need to start fast and be on top. We just needed that breakthrough and that goal so it was massive. We needed it to get into our stride.
“We wanted to score more goals and keep a clean sheet, of course, but it was good to see the rhythm, the passes, there was a lot of interchange today [Sunday] between the midfield and strikers. That is what we need in the upcoming games.”
Aribo continued: “It is massive [to have that desire]. When you have subs coming off the bench and giving their all, it is good to see. It is a squad game, not just the starting eleven. Everyone has to play their part and it is massive. It is amazing to see.