‘Outstanding’, ‘Ticks every box’ – Gerrard drools over his 23-yr-old Rangers signing

'Outstanding', 'Ticks every box' – Gerrard drools over his 23-yr-old Rangers signing – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has heaped praise on his new signing Joe Aribo.

The 23-year-old put on a superb display during the 3-0 win over East Fife and his performance seems to have impressed the manager a lot.

Speaking to Daily Record, Gerrard claimed that the midfielder has the world at his feet.

He said: “Joe can go as far as he wants. I hope he stays alongside me for many years but he’s got the world at his feet. I can’t wait to work with him for longer. He was outstanding from start to finish. He looked superb all day. He has four goals in eight games but it isn’t just about that it is about your all round performances. Top players turn up anywhere, it doesn’t matter if it is in front of 50,000, or 1,500, your standards are always the same and from day one Joe has done that. He has got so many attributes. It’s okay having them but if you have the right mentality and character you can go as far as you want to go. Joe expresses himself. He just loves playing football. He is robust, he’s leggy, rangy, can score a goal, can set them up, he tackles, he wins balls back, he’s skillful. He ticks every box and with experience he is only going to get better.”

The former Charlton midfielder seems to have settled in really well at Ibrox and it will be interesting to see if he can build on these performances now.

Aribo has the tools to develop into a star player for Rangers and he could make a big difference to their season if he stays fit.

The 23-year-old has the talent to shine in Scotland and Gerrard will be hoping for more of the same as the season progresses.

Rangers will be looking to push Celtic for the title this year and Gerrard will need players like Aribo in top form in order to do so.

It will be interesting to see how Aribo builds on this performance going forward. He will want to make a name for himself at his new club and his start has certainly been very encouraging so far.

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Transfer boost for Gerrard, 22-yr-old target ready to force his move to Rangers

Transfer boost for Gerrard, 22-yr-old target ready to force his move to Rangers – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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Liverpool winger Ryan Kent is determined to join Rangers before the transfer window shuts.

According to Daily Record, Kent is ready to force the move and he will down the tools to secure the move if it comes to that.

The 22-year-old player is not in Klopp’s first-team plans and he wants to return to Rangers on another loan deal. He had an impressive season with Steven Gerrard’s side last year.

However, Liverpool do not want him to go out on loan. They are prepared to sell the player for £7m. Rangers cannot afford to pay that and they are angling for a loan deal.

It will be interesting to see what happens in the coming days.

Kent’s determination to force a transfer is certainly a boost for Rangers. They will be more optimistic about sealing the transfer now.

At this stage of his career, Kent needs to play regular first-team football and a move to Rangers would be ideal for him.

Daily Record’s exclusive on Kent will certainly excite the Rangers fans.

They will be hoping that Rangers can get the deal over the line now. Someone like Kent could make a big difference to their season.

Also, the Liverpool player has played at Ibrox before and he won’t need time to adapt. He will be able to make an immediate impact.

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Report: Celtic closing in on £14m man Gerrard once dubbed fantastic

Report: Celtic closing in on £14m man Gerrard once dubbed fantastic – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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According to The Express, Celtic are closing in on a loan move for Bournemouth forward Jordon Ibe as manager Neil Lennon looks to bolster his attack ahead of the September 2 Scottish transfer deadline day.

The 23-year-old is down the pecking order at the Vitality Stadium and is yet to make an appearance this term.

Ibe only featured in Eddie Howe’s starting XI on nine occasions last season, and could be on his way out this summer, and while Celtic will love to have him, they face stiff competition from Napoli, Fiorentina and Galatasaray.

The Hoops can land the former Liverpool man for around £20 million, but aren’t prepared to meet Bournemouth’s asking price and are pushing for a loan deal instead.

While Ibe hasn’t particularly impressed since arriving from Anfield in the summer of 2016 for a then-club record £14million, he still has the potential to make Celtic better.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard said of him after a game against Everton back in February 2015:

“Jordon was fantastic and was man of the match. It was a sensational performance from him and he’s got a big future.”

Lennon needs a quality attacking addition who can hit the ground running and make an instant impact at Parkhead as Celtic look to retain their domestic treble and impress in the Europa League.

If Ibe, who has flattered to deceive, is capable of doing that remains to be seen, but gambling on the Premier League man, who Brendan Rodgers also tipped for a bright future, could be worth it in the end.

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Brandon Barker reveals what Sterling told him when Rangers came calling

Brandon Barker reveals what Sterling told him when Rangers came calling – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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Rangers snapped up English winger Brandon Barker last week, handing the young forward a three-year deal after he left Manchester City.

The 22-year-old could make his debut against East Fife in the Scottish League Cup today, but could have opted to remain in England as a number of Championship sides were interested in his signature.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard convinced Barker to link up with him at Ibrox, and he has revealed that City star winger Raheem Sterling also persuaded him to join the Scottish Premiership side.

“Raheem told me to go for it, definitely. It was my time to move on now and I think all the boys knew that,” the forward told The Scottish Sun.

“It was sad because I’d been there 16 years and I grew up at City from being a little baby. But I needed a new home. I had needed one for the last two seasons.

“Now I have got that opportunity here and I’m just buzzing again. I learned an awful lot from Raheem, watching him grow from when he first came to what he’s doing now. We used to speak a lot and he was always really encouraging. Watching him becoming a great player in the world is great to see.”

Barker was City’s Reserve and Academy Player of the Year in 2013-2014, and he will now look to prove himself at Rangers.

He already has Premiership experience after featuring for Hibernian on a season-long loan in 2017-18, and it will be interesting to see if he can force himself into Gerrard’s first-team plans.

The City academy graduate spent last season on loan at English Championship side Preston North End and has had loan spells at Rotherham United and Eerste Divisie’s NAC Breda.

He brings quality and experience to the table, and Rangers will offer him the chance to fulfill his potential.

Sterling is convinced Gerrard can help bring out the best in him, and it remains to be seen if things will finally work out for him.

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