RANGERS have started the 2019/20 campaign in a fairly positive fashion as Steven Gerrard has attempted to bed in a raft of new signings. At the time of writing, nine new recruits have joined the Ibrox club and a tenth is on the way in the form of Leicester City midfielder Andy King.

Of the nine new faces, there are a few that have hit the ground running immediately. Sheyi Ojo has already grabbed a few goals and Jordan Jones has looked a threat whenever he's played, but there's one player in particular that Rangers fans have been getting excited about: Joe Aribo.

The 23-year-old joined from Charlton Athletic on a free transfer and contrary to what his former manager Lee Bowyer thinks, has so far thrived at Ibrox. On Wednesday, Aribo recieved his first international call-up when he was drafted into the Nigeria squad for their upcoming friendly against Ukraine.

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We are only two games into the Scottish Premiership season so obviously, we're working off of a very small sample size here. But the good news for Rangers fans is that Aribo is already posting some of the best passing statistics in the league. Around 94% of his passes have found their man - the highest success rate in the Scottish top flight.

There is an asterisk attached to that figure, however. Aribo played 43 passes against Hibernian last weekend, misplacing just one, but benefitted from the fact that the Leith club played the majority of the second half with 10 men. Aribo's passing accuracy drops a little to 90% once European fixtures are factored in, but this is still a fantastic return: no Rangers player averaged a better success rate last season.

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When we take a closer look at Aribo's figures for this Premiership season so far, we see a player who is one of the best passers of the ball in the league when it comes to playing in his team-mates in attacking positions. Aribo's role in Gerrard's side is to pick out forwards with balls from midfield and while there are a few players that fare better in this regard, the midfielder's start to life at Ibrox makes for encouraging reading for Rangers supporters.

When we compare Aribo's forward passing stats to his Rangers team-mates' and Celtic's midfielders, the results make for intriguing viewing. Glen Kamara, Ryan Jack and Olivier Ntcham are the top three players in the Premiership in this regard, but Aribo is holding his own against some of Scotland's best midfielders. The former Charlton man is playing more accurate forward passes than the likes of Steven Davis, Scott Arfield and Callum McGregor.

Equally reassuring for Gerrard will be Aribo's composure in front of goal. The midfielder has already scored three goals this season - all in the Europa League qualifiers - but what is truly impressive is the kind of goals that he has scored. All three have been tidy, placed shots and that is reflected in Aribo's expected goals (xG). Aribo's aggregate xG from the seven matches he's played for his new club stands at 1.13, implying that Aribo has been making the most of low-probability goalscoring chances.

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Not only has Aribo proven to be an excellent distributor of the ball, he has also demonstrated that he has the technical ability to drive forward with it and cause opposition defences all sorts of problems. Celtic's Ryan Christie (6.49 dribbles per 90 minutes) is the only Premiership player who plays in a central role who attempts more dribbles than Aribo (6.26). Around one in three of these dribbles are progressive runs, where a player carries the ball at least 10 metres up the pitch.

While Aribo is keen to dribble wth the ball, it is only fair to point out that he is not always successful at doing so. In all competitions this season, Arbio has a dribbling success rate of 50% - not a bad rate, but certainly an area of his game where he could improve.

One of the main issues that plagued Rangers' unsuccessful title bid last season was their inability to break down a stubborn defence; too many points were dropped to the likes of Livingston, St Johnstone and Kilmarnock. Rangers lacked the players to find a way through a well-organised backline and all too often paid the price.

In Aribo, Gerrard may have found the solution to this problem. It is still early days and there remains room for improvement, but Rangers look like they have a real player on their hands. It's been an encouraging start from Aribo: Rangers fans will be hoping that he continues to go from strength to strength.