Rangers FC have signed midfielder Joe Aribo from Charlton Athletic – the club confirmed earlier this week.
The Gers have fended off interest from the likes of Celtic in order to sign the youngster and they have released a statement saying:
“JOE ARIBO has revealed he plumped for a move to Rangers ‘because of the size of the club,’ and the fact Steven Gerrard is the manager.
“Aribo, 22, joined up with his new teammates in the Algarve this afternoon having agreed a four-year deal with Gerrard’s Gers.”
But according to Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer, Joe Aribo has made the wrong decision by choosing to Rangers and he should have chosen to join Brentford instead.
“I believe Joe moving there is the wrong move for him and it’s not in a disrespectful way. They are a massive club with great tradition and a great manager in Gerrard,” Bowyer told talkSPORT.
“For me, the only positive for Joe in going to Rangers would be working under Gerrard. Maybe that’s the reason why he’s gone there. He will make him a better player.
“But tell me how many players over the past few years that have gone to Rangers and then gone on to the Premier League. Joe should have stayed in England.
“Brentford came to us two days ago asking about Joe. They said they tried for him. Joe wasn’t even aware Brentford were interested in him. His agent should have told him.
“Brentford makes players better and then sell them to the Premier League. Joe has done financially well out of Rangers but so has his agent.
“If Joe had stayed in England his agent wouldn’t have been getting the deal from Brentford as he is getting at Rangers.
“The majority of players go to Scotland at the end of their careers. For his career, moving to Brentford would be a stepping stone.”