Football journalist and Clyde Superscoreboard (SSB) pundit Hugh Keevins seemed to get a little confused when talking about Rangers’ pursuit of Charlton’s Joe Aribo.
Whilst talking Celtic’s calamitous pursuit of David Turnbull up, Keevins set out to pour a little cold water on Rangers’ move for Aribo.
But after suggesting Charlton’s imminent change of manager would force a transfer embargo, he was quickly reminded Aribo’s available on a pre-contract. Any embargo wouldn’t impact the deal.
“Well, there’s a complication there because he’s a Charlton player,” said Keevins on Clyde SSB [Monday 17th June, first aired 6 pm: about 40 minutes in].
“And Lee Bowyer, who got Charlton up at the end of last season, has decided to quit the club because he doesn’t like the wage he’s been offered.
“For me, that would tend to suggest that all transfers are put on ice. Because Charlton have to get themselves another manager and that manager has to decide to whether he would rather keep Joe Aribo.”
After this, Keevins was corrected and Rangers’ motivations for signing the player outlined. Keevins then took a dig at the reported £20k a week Rangers have offered [Daily Mail, via the Scottish Sun].
There was conveniently no mention of Joe Aribo being a major target on the transfer dossier of Celtic’s which was leaked a few weeks ago.
Perhaps Hugh was speaking more out of hope than expectation.
Should the deal go through, Rangers signing Aribo will deal the Parkhead club a significant psychological blow.