charlton manager: rangers not right for joe aribo

08:33    27 Jun 2019

Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer (R) and Joe Aribo
Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer says midfielder Joe Aribo’s transfer to Scottish giants Rangers is a mistake.

The EFL Championship club will only receive £300,000 for their promising star after Rangers benefited from a cross-border transfer rule.

Aribo has turned down interest from Celtic, English clubs and the Bundesliga to work under Steven Gerrard at Ibrox.

Yet Bowyer believes the 22-year-old should have stayed in the Championship rather than transfer to Scotland, which he feels is a move made by players at the end of their career rather than the beginning.

“I worked so hard to get Joe to the situation he is in now. It is about progression for him,” Bowyer explained.

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“So it’s a shame if he gets pushed to somewhere where it is not going to benefit him. If he goes to Rangers, that is not the right place for him to go for his football career.

“You have Rangers and Celtic, who are massive clubs, I get that. And I get that Steven Gerrard was a great player, so that’s an attraction. But it doesn’t make sense on the football side.”

Bowyer added, “When people from England go and play for Celtic and Rangers, it is at the end of their careers.

“That’s because it is very rare you get a move from Rangers to the Premier League and I don’t mean any disrespect by that

“They might go from Rangers to the Championship, but very rarely to the Premier League.

“For me, he should stay in England and keep progressing. The move should benefit Joe.

“I met and had a chat with Joe on Friday. I told him that if he was going to go, at least stay in England because that is where the best football is.”

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