JOE ARIBO is confident Rangers can maintain their momentum through a crucial run of fixtures as he looks to play his part in a potentially decisive December.

The midfielder returned to the starting line-up against Hearts on Sunday and produced a solid showing as Steven Gerrard’s side eased to a 5-0 victory at Ibrox.

Rangers now turn their attentions to the trip to Aberdeen in midweek before Gerrard bids for his first silverware as boss in the Betfred Cup final with Celtic.

A Europa League showdown against Young Boys will quickly follow and the Gers then face a handful of key Premiership clashes that will round off with the Old Firm showdown at Parkhead.

The coming weeks give the Light Blues a chance to prove their contenders as serious title challengers and achieve two huge goals by lifting domestic silverware and reaching the knockout rounds in Europe.

And Aribo is confident Rangers have what it takes to realise their ambitions after getting the month off to a pleasing start by overcoming a hapless Hearts on home soil.

He said: “You would rather focus too much than not focus at all and let the games slip us by. You don’t want to be sitting at the end of the season thinking what you have missed out on.

“Every game is a must-win and that is a step up for me. It is added pressure but it is good pressure because you know that you have to perform. When you perform, you have a good feeling about yourself. That is good for me.

“There are a lot of experienced lads that I speak to and they are mentors for us. If we are feeling a bit too big for ourselves, they will put us back in our place.

“Every game you play is a chance for you to put your foot down and say ‘I should be playing’. You just want to go out every single game and perform to be the best that you can be and stamp your authority on the match.

“Nobody can be complacent in the team and everyone knows that if they have a bad game that they might miss out on the next game. That will make them be at their best and keep us going with momentum.

“I think we are ready and we are showing that in our games. We just need to keep the momentum building and that is the main thing with us. We will put in performances, take every game as it comes and not look past the next fixture.”