Friday, 28 June 2019

Joe Aribo joins Rangers: What can fans expect from the new man?

Rangers officially announced the transfer signing of Joe Aribo from Charlton Athletic on Thursday. The midfielder joins Rangers for a reported £300,000. Rangers have now signed seven players this offseason. Aribo will join teammates at their Portugal preseason camp as the club prepares for its Europa League campaign kicked off on July 11th. Rangers fans are growing in excitement for this year’s Europa League and can use the Betfred offer to wager on their games throughout the tournament.

While Rangers are excited to have their new midfielder signed, Aribo’s former manager, Lee Bowyer, isn’t happy with the transfer. Bowyer claims Aribo is only joining Rangers for “the money”. However, Aribo now gets to take a step up in competition north of the border and play in the Europa League this season.

What can Rangers expect from Joe Aribo?

Aribo is just 22-years old, and despite Bowyer claiming the move will damage the midfielder’s career, it is a positive transfer for the player. Aribo’s contract at Charlton Athletic was set to expire this summer, according to TransferMarkt. 

His new Rangers’ contract will see him at Ibrox for the next four years and playing top-flight football in Scotland instead of second-tier games in England. Supporters will be able to follow Aribo and Rangers’ six other signings all season long with Mansion and never miss a game.
Aribo played 39 times for Charlton Athletic last season helping the Addicks win promotion to the Championship via the League One playoffs. The midfielder scored 10 goals and tallied five assists in all competitions. Aribo is pacy and can get past defenders to create goals. He not only provides goalscoring opportunities, but he scores goals as well.
The new Rangers’ player has been relatively injury-free during his career. Although he did miss nine games last season due to a knee injury. 

Which other teams were after Joe Aribo?

Charlton Athletic manager Bowyer’s claims that other teams wanted Aribo comes off more like sour grapes that a manager wanting the best for his former charge.

According to Bowyer during an interview with talkSPORT, Aribo’s agent kept the player in the dark over interest from other clubs including Championship team Brentford. Bowyer believes Aribo’s arrival at Rangers is all down to the midfielder’s agent who was motivated by money.
Bowyer’s comments over Aribo’s transfer were disrespectful to Scottish football and former Rangers’ striker Kris Boyd called him on it. Boyd claimed Bowyer wouldn’t blink twice before joining Rangers or Celtic if given the chance.

Steven Gerrard’s new-look Rangers

Rangers will have a new look when they kick off their Europa League campaign on July 11th. Five players have departed Ibrox and seven have arrived this summer. Four of the arrivals have joined on free transfers as the club looks to be wise with its money.
Aribo joins Jake Hastie, Steven Davis, Jordan Jones, Greg Stewart, Sheyi Ojo, and George Edmundson at Ibrox. Gerrard has now had 12 months in the job and feels he knows the players needed to reclaim the Scottish Premiership title.
Aribo can play a major part at Ibrox this season. It will be a big year for Rangers as Gerrard season 2.0 has high expectations.
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