Former Premier League midfielder Lee Bowyer has been eating humble pie this week over comments he made about Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo.

The Charlton boss was livid that ex-Addicks midfielder Aribo moved to Ibrox to work under Steven Gerrard at the beginning of the season.

With cross-border compensation rules meaning Rangers only had to fork out £300k for the midfielder, Bowyer decried the move as a “mistake” on the part of Aribo.

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Joe Aribo’s transfer to Rangers had Lee Bowyer raging. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

That lead Steven Gerrard to subtly respond that Joe was in the right place [Rangers], with the 23-year-old’s first Nigeria caps and exposure to European football proving him correct.

But with the steam appearing to finally be cooling within Bowyer, credit to the former Newcastle United, West Ham and Leeds midfielder for admitting he was wrong.

He might not have directly said so, but his comments this week suggest he’s had a hearty serving of humble pie when it comes to Aribo’s Rangers move.


“I’m over the moon for Joe,” said Bowyer [talkSPORT].


“All I want him to be is successful and that’s all I’ve ever wanted.

“I love the kid and he improved under us.

“Obviously I would’ve loved for him to have stayed with us now but he’s in Scotland, doing well for Rangers, so I’ve got to be happy for him and Rangers.

“Hopefully they go on and do well.”

Fair play to Lee Bowyer.

Joe Aribo has played 40 times for Rangers this season, scoring seven and assisting a further eight [Transfermarkt].

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