“A 5% chance” – the latest with Joe Aribo and Rangers


The Joe Aribo transfer, which had hoped to be concluded days ago, goes on, as Charlton boss Lee Bowyer attempts to persuade the 22-year old attacking midfielder his short-term future should remain at the Valley.

Our source has confirmed a mere “5% chance” of success of this to be likely even despite Aribo’s respect for his current manager, but of course, the grandeur of Rangers and the weekly wage on offer not to mention European football and the Old Firm fixture is a tempting carrot indeed and a young man who is ready to take the next step in his career is extremely unlikely to want to remain with Charlton.

It is true that the Championship is a superior division on the whole to the SPL – no one would deny this. It has Leeds, Derby, Nottingham Forrest, QPR, Swansea, Stoke, West Brom and Wigan to name just seven of the marquee names in there, compared with Motherwell, Hamilton and St Johnstone.

However, none of these names come close to the Old Firm fixture, which has restored itself thanks to the Steven Gerrard effect to its rightful place as arguably the biggest club fixture on planet earth, with only Man Utd Liverpool and el clasico as competition.

And that is a major carrot for young English players.

Bowyer cannot compete with that, with Rangers, with European football and indeed the wage offered to the young man – but Aribo may in fact end up agreeing that he should stay put for one more season to become one more year’s experienced and be ready for such a big move.

But the reality is, Bowyer is just desperate. Moving to Rangers from effectively Bristol did Ryan Kent no harm at all, and there’s no reason why Aribo would struggle at Ibrox beyond the natural risk of any signing struggling under the weight of the Rangers shirt.

And we don’t blame Bowyer for pulling out the aces he has in his sleeve to try to keep his best asset.

Let’s hope he doesn’t achieve the near-impossible and persuade the kid.


  1. If any player hesitates to sign and wear the blue jersey, will never ever be a Rangers man!! We ARE Rangers!! If that's not motivational enough, then just go elsewhere, you are not worthy of our support or jersey!!

    • As a Rangers man I understand your logic. But Aribo isn't, at least not yet, so he doesn't have the same devotion as you. Why would he? This young player is at a crucial stage in his career and it's appropriate that he takes his time to make the right decision for him. Frankly Im as blue as they come but put in the same position I would do what was right for my career.
      My concern is we are putting a lot of faith in this young player from League 1 should he sign. Who is to say we won't end up disappointed.

    • Were Laudrup, Gascogne, Hateley, Wilkins, Steven, Butcher, Woods etc. Rangers men before they arrived? Even the greatest Ranger of all, John Greig, was a Hearts man before he arrived.

  2. 5% that's about the chances Charlton were given on getting promoted last season, so ask unlikely as it seems that he will stay at the Valley,let's all keep our fingers crossed he stays eh.

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