Charlton manager Lee Bowyer has admitted it will be “impossible” for his side to replace Rangers new boy Joe Aribo after his move to Ibrox.

The 22-year-old rejected the offer of a new deal with the Addicks to join Steven Gerrard’s side and fans got their first glimpse of him in competitive action on Tuesday night.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 26: Lee Bowyer, Manager of Charlton Athletic looks on during the Sky Bet League One Play-off Final match between Charlton Athletic and Sunderland at Wembley Stadium on May 26, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

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Bowyer insists he’ll have to try to get someone close to Aribo’s ability but concedes that it will beyond the newly-promoted Championship side.

“It’s vital. But to replace Joe, with the budget we have got, is impossible. That’s just a fact,” Bowyer said, as quoted by London News Online.

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“We have got to try and get as close as we can to someone with Joe’s qualities and ability as we possibly can.


“We are constantly on the phone and going through videos. We are working like you couldn’t imagine – the only time we are not talking about it is when we are sleeping.”


Rangers fans are excited to see Aribo continue to develop and the midfielder will be hoping he can force his way into the starting XI quickly.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 07: Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo is seen in action during the pre season friendly match between Rangers and Oxford United at Ibrox Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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With a friendly against Marseille on Sunday before the second leg against St. Joseph’s on Thursday, Aribo could get his chance soon.

If he’s half as good as Bowyer makes him appear then Rangers have won a watch with the 22-year-old’s signing.

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