STEVEN GERRARD reckons midfielder Joe Aribo has the world at his feet after a stunning start to his Rangers career.

The Englishman has hit the ground running in Light Blue following his summer switch from Charlton and netted his fourth Gers goal in the win over East Fife on Sunday.

And Gerrard was delighted with another impressive showing from Aribo as he continues to go from strength to strength this term.

He said: “Everyone will go away talking about Joe Aribo and rightly so. I am not sure how many good players have been at this stadium but I don’t think you will see many better than Joe.

“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 was one who I was keen to get done and when I knew there was a chance I was all over it and did everything I could to get it over the line.

“I saw his potential and how much he wants it. It was a big change moving away from London but he has taken to it so smoothly. I can’t wait to work with him for longer. He was all over the pitch and covered every blade.

“He got his goal, he put in a tackle in the 85th minute when we were 3-0 up and he did everything right.

“[He 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.

“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 skilful. He ticks every box and with experience he is only going to get better.”

The goal from Aribo rounded off a comfortable victory for Rangers as they booked a quarter-final berth and set up a meeting with Livingston.

Gerrard made ten changes to the side that beat Midtjylland in midweek and was pleased with the performance as Jermain Defoe opened the scoring before a Ross Dunlop own goal shortly after the break.

Gerrard said: “I think a lot of people took their opportunity today. When you are watching this game on TV, against a team two divisions below you, people think it will be straightforward.

“But the pitch is a leveller, the conditions are a leveller but we were professional and we should a good attitude and our quality shone through so there was a lot of positives. It was about getting in the next round.

“The TV have picked this game because they hope we came here with the wrong attitude and we don’t turn up and hopefully there is a slip up for everyone to enjoy.

“I am glad we handled that and we matched East Fife’s fight and desire and in the end we had too many good players.”