Joe Aribo explains Rangers Last Dance mentality with key difference as midfielder insists Ibrox dynasty is just beginning
Joe Aribo insists a âlast danceâ mentality forced the Rangers to find their rhythm as they let off steam towards a first title in a decade.
Steven Gerrard’s side have never lost their rhythm in a season that saw them break the 100-point bar for the first time.
Aribo revealed how a team reunion at the start of the campaign set the tone, with everyone buying into the line made famous by Michael Jordan’s Netflix hit.
But while The Last Dance referred to the end of the Chicago Bulls dynasty, Aribo hopes it’s just the start of something special at Ibrox.
Of Gerrard, Aribo told the Official Rangers Souvenir Magazine, âHe’s been so important to me.
âHe’s got a winning mentality and he’s been there and done it.
âHe knows what it takes and understands it, so for us seeing such a great character day in and day out is so important to us.
âAt the start of the season, I set goals for myself and as a team, we also set goals.
âPersonally, I wanted to get a certain number of goals and assists. But with the team, we also knew what we had to do.
âWe wanted to win the title and hopefully go as far as possible in Europe.
âThere was more pressure on us to do it than before. We knew how important it was to win the title and we had to do it – it was decisive.
âAt the start of the season we said it was the last dance and that’s definitely what we need to do.â
Aribo has contributed eight goals and his versatility is a huge asset for Gerrard.
But their best football has always come from the midfield – especially in the 2-0 Scottish Cup victory in April which confirmed Celtic would end the season empty-handed.
The 24-year-old said: âI knew how important it was to deliver because it was a big game and we wanted to win it.
âWe wanted to prove a point and I just knew I had to produce the best performance I could give.
âIt’s one I was happy with. It was definitely a big marker for us.