This summer saw Rangers snap up Charlton Athletic midfielder Joe Aribo as his contract at The Valley came to an end. It was considered something of a coup from the Glasgow side as Aribo was being linked with a host of top clubs in England.
Rangers, however, was a huge step up for the player. Getting to play under Steven Gerrard, challenge for European football and potential silverware, it was a no-brainer for Aribo to make the move.
However, Charlton boss Lee Bowyer was not sold. After the move went through he criticised a switch to Scottish football from his leading talent.
He told South London Press he felt a move to Rangers was a mistake from the midfielder as it could hinder his progress in regards to eventually playing football at a higher level.
“If he goes to Rangers that is not the right place for him to go for his football career…
“It doesn’t make sense on the football side. When people from England go and play for Celtic and Rangers it is at the end of their careers…
“They might go from Rangers to the Championship, very rarely is it to the Premier League. For me he should stay in England and keep progressing. The move should benefit Joe.”
But it is fair to say Aribo’s move is, so far, paying off.
He has been in fine form for Rangers and helped Gerrard’s men qualify for the group stage of this season’s Europa League.
His form and bigger profile at Ibrox also saw him receive his first international call-up for Nigeria this month. Yesterday, the London-born star scored just three minutes into his international debut with the Super Eagles.
It is fair to say that Rangers fans have been quick to jump on this as yet another sign that Aribo did make the right choice in heading to Ibrox.
Whilst Charlton may be riding high themselves, there is no doubt playing in Europe and at a club with the stature of Rangers has already proved to have a big impact on Aribo’s career.
Here’s hoping it continues.
The exposure Joe Aribo is getting playing at an elite club, in European football. As well as the opportunity to learn from one of the greatest centre mids of his generation can’t be underestimated. Lee Bowyer simply showing his lack of class and naivety. https://t.co/6vxfj6XvXJ
— Copland Roar (@CF3Loyal) September 10, 2019
Funny how Joe Aribo played 97 games over 3 seasons for charlton and didn’t get one single cap for Nigeria
12 games into his first season at Rangers and he already has 1 cap and a goal in his international debut
Funny that when Bowyer said this was a “poor move for his career”🤔
— Rangers Spares ™️ (@RangersSparess) September 10, 2019
You can safely say he got that one wrong in a big way
— James Moore (@NOTELINYI) September 10, 2019
That the same Aribo who Bowyer said was ruining his career by going to rangers?
— Nathan (@nathanj3001) September 10, 2019
Dear Lee Bowyer,
Progress report 2 for Joe Aribo.
All is well
Get it up yae
No regards. pic.twitter.com/tU6rcjzcpz
— Andrew Lindsay (@andyboi1873) September 10, 2019
Joe Aribo scoring on his debut for Nigeria. Lee Bowyer is crying somewhere in London rn
— ᒪᎥᗩᗰ (@LiamWATP) September 10, 2019
Joe Aribo scores on his Nigeria debut 👏🏼👏🏼 can practically hear lee bowyer greeting into his tortilla chips
— Barry Binnie (@BigBazzaB) September 10, 2019
Aribo scored on his international debut , Lee bowyer greetin in his Pringles 😂😂😂
— Johnny Jedi 72 (@JohnJohnboy721) September 10, 2019