Quoted by the South London Press, Charlton manager Lee Bowyer has suggested that Joe Aribo might be making a mistake in joining Rangers this summer.
The attacking midfielder was a key part of the Charlton side that won promotion from League One into the Championship – via the play-off final last month.
It seems, though, that he could be on his way from the Valley this summer, but Bowyer feels that a move to Rangers might not be in his best interests – with the Scottish Sun reporting that it is likely.
The former Newcastle United and Leeds United midfielder had this to say:
“You have got 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. Those two things are the attraction – but not everything else.
“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. 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, very rarely is it to the Premier League. For me he should stay in England and keep progressing. The move should benefit Joe.”
It’s an interesting take, and one that we are perhaps used to seeing concerning Scottish football.
Of course, some of the sides towards the bottom of our top flight would struggle in the Championship but we, and the other top clubs, can offer him European football next season – how many in England – that he could realistically join – offer him that?
Indeed, we have plenty of players that could cut it in the Premier League at the moment, and I for one think Joe knows exactly what he is doing.