Charlton legend Chris Powell thinks Joe Aribo made the wrong choice in leaving the Addicks to sign for Rangers – but is confident that the 22-year-old will do well in Scottish football.

Aribo made his competitive debut for Steven Gerrard’s side in the 4-0 Europa League win over St. Joseph’s but Powell thinks another season with the Addicks in the Championship would have been better for his development.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 07: Joe Aribo of Rangers 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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After rejecting a new deal to stay at The Valley, Aribo signed a four-year deal with Rangers and Powell hopes that he can get regular games at Ibrox and avoid his career stalling.

“He’ll do well in Scotland for sure,” Powell said, as quoted by the News Shopper.

“He’s got the talent but I’m not too sure he should’ve gone, in my personal opinion.

“I think he should’ve stayed at Charlton or maybe looked at one or two other options but it’s his decision.


“I think for a player like him to be playing at Championship level, I think he would’ve alerted a lot more teams.

“Hopefully he’ll go to Rangers and play, that’s the most important thing for a young player.”

After beating off a number of clubs to land Aribo, the midfielder made an impressive start with his appearance from the bench in Gibraltar.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Charlton Athletic's Manager, Chris Powell during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leicester City and Charlton Athletic at The King Power Stadium on March 01, 2014 in Leicester, England.

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With a friendly clash this weekend against Marseille before the second leg against St. Joseph’s, Aribo will be hoping to use it to force his way into the starting XI.

While Powell might think a move to Scotland is the wrong move for Aribo, the chance to play in front of 50,000 fans every other week while competing for trophies and playing in Europe surely offers a fantastic opportunity for the 22-year-old to develop.

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