Joe Aribo has admitted he was nervous when he joined Rangers in the summer, according to ESPN.
In an interview with the media outlet, the 23-year-old revealed that he was not comfortable to begin with because of the new environment and wanted to make a good first impression.
He said: “I was a bit nervous at first when I got here. It’s about going somewhere where you are not comfortable.”
“With Charlton I was there for four years so I was comfortable. This was just going into a new environment and there are lot of different people that you don’t know and you want to make a good first impression.
“You’re just hesitant and you don’t want to seem silly so that’s why I was a bit nervous.”
If Aribo was nervous about joining Rangers, it would have been extremely difficult to tell going based off his blistering start to life at Ibrox.
According to the data collected by Transfermarkt, the recently called-up Nigerian international has already netted four goals in his nine matches for the club and proving to be rather impactful throughout the club’s Europa League campaign so far.
The former Charlton Athletic man looks to be a key member of Steven Gerrard’s side moving forward, as he has played almost every single minute available and appears to be one of the first names on the teamsheet when Rangers play.
Having netted ten goals and provided five assists in his 39 appearances last season for League One’s promotion play-off winners (Transfermarkt), Aribo already looks on course to blow those figures out of the water and help take the Scottish Premiership outfit forward.
Aribo certainly appears to have hit the ground running at Ibrox and earning an international call-up from Nigeria will have been just-rewards for the 23-year-old, as he has been nothing but brilliant in his short time in Glasgow so far.
If this is what the midfielder has been playing like with nervous feelings attached to him, then it will be exciting viewing to see what he is like in a Gerrard side once he becomes as fully confident as, perhaps, he was during his time with Charlton last season.
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