Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo scores excellent goal against a Brazil side featuring Ederson, Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino

Rangers star Joe Aribo stole the headlines with a superb goal in Nigeria’s 1-1 draw with Brazil on Sunday.

The midfielder gave Naija a shock lead in Singapore when he latched on to a pass from Moses Simon, before dancing past Paris Saint-Germain’s Marquinhos and emphatically slotting home from close-range.

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Joe Aribo impressed against a star-studded Brazil side
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Aribo, who was playing League One football last season for Charlton, came head-to-head with Premier League stars in Fabinho, Ederson, Richarlison, Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus.

Real Madrid ace Casemiro equalised for Brazil in the 48th minute to salvage a draw in the friendly.

Aribo has two goals in as many appearances for his country since scoring on his debut against Ukraine last month.

He joined Rangers on a four-year deal in June after running down his contract at the Valley.

The 23-year-old has started six of the Gers’ opening eight Scottish Premiership games as they lead second-placed Celtic by two points.

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer insisted joining Rangers was the ‘wrong move’ for Aribo, citing a lack of competition in Scotland’s top-flight.

But following Aribo’s debut goal for Nigeria last month, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard hit back at Bowyer’s claims.

He said: “At last he has been recognised as an international player. Joe Aribo is in the right place, trust me.

“They must have started watching him since he was playing for Rangers. They must be happy with him playing in Europa League games and playing in front of 51,000 people.

“The people who select for the Nigerian national team know now that he can play in big football games.

“I don’t know many players in the Championship who are playing for Nigeria.”

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