“We Didn’t Have The Right Mentality” Aribo Reacts To 1-1 Draw

Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo has admitted that there was an issue with the team mentality as Rangers failed to go back above Celtic in the Scottish Premiership table.

Rangers drew 1-1 with Hearts on Sunday to allow Celtic to regain the top of the table spot, and Joe Aribo has admitted that something was wrong mentally.

Steven Gerrard’s side failed to build on Alfredo Morelos’ equaliser before half time to lose the top point advantage they had over their Old Firm rivals since before the international break, with a tricky tie away at Porto on Thursday.

Rangers drew 1-1 with Hearts on Sunday to allow Celtic to regain the top of the table spot, and Joe Aribo has admitted that something was wrong mentally.

“This result is definitely disappointing,” Aribo said.

“We wanted to get the three points and unfortunately we weren’t able to do that. It was frustrating.”

He added: “We started slowly and then from there we were constantly chasing the game. It was hard for us.

“You could say it was down to mentality. As a team we just didn’t start quickly enough and we were playing catch-up.

“They made it difficult for us. We have to bounce back from this.

“We need to take every game as it comes and put in the performances from the off throughout the next games.”

He said: “We were suckered in, 100 per cent.

“That is their game plan and what we need to do as a team is fight.

“All 11 of us on the pitch have to match the battle and win our one v one battles.

“You need more than that and going on from this we have to prove why we can be up there. We need to keep putting in the performances and first of all win the right to play in games.

“It’s definitely about learning and moving on from this, we have to keep pushing and keep battling. That has to be from the start.

“You can’t just turn up every 45 minutes. We have to do it from the first minute to the 90th.

“We know that teams are going to try to get at us and so we need to try to stay disciplined and composed and keep pushing. We just weren’t at it.”