Journalist explains the reasons why Joe Aribo signed for Rangers - report
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Journalist explains the reasons why Joe Aribo signed for Rangers - report

Joe Aribo’s imminent arrival at Rangers is one of the worst kept secrets at Ibrox.
Aribo looks set to join up with the club and his new teammates in Portugal directly after reportedly signing 20k per week, four-year deal with the club [Daily Mail, via the Scottish Sun].
But one journalist has been detailing precisely why Aribo chose to swap the red of the Addicks for the blue of the Bears.

Jack Pitt-Brooke gives a quite in-depth analysis of the club’s pursuit of Aribo in the above thread.
A football journalist for the Independent, Pitt-Brooke has clearly been following the deal for a while.
In the thread, he reveals that until recently, perhaps until Rangers interest, Aribo was set to move to the German Bundesliga.
But he also gives us five reasons why he didn’t and why he chose to join Rangers instead.

Rangers have fought off stiff competition for the signing of Joe Aribo. (Photo by Leila Coker/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

  • Jack Pitt-Brooke claims that Steven Gerrard meeting Joe Aribo in London swung the deal in Rangers favour. It’s difficult to overstate the value of the Gerrard Effect.



  • European football has also played a big factor in Aribo’s decision. Ibrox is some place on a European night and you can bet he’s buzzing at the prospect.


  • The size of the fanbase is another thing Pitt-Brooke claims swung the deal in Rangers favour. It’s something many of the teams in England cannot offer. 50,000 at Ibrox every other week, Joe?


  • The Independent journalist also suggests Charlton mucked Aribo around with a contract last year. They offered him increased terms just to reduce them later. No wonder they’re raging.

Aribo helped Charlton to promotion last season and they are suitably raging Rangers will be paying a cut-price compensation fee for the midfielder. (Photo by Harriet Lander/Copa/Getty Images)

Rangers were reportedly said to have beaten off competition from 17 different clubs for Aribo’s signature [Scottish Sun].

Steven Gerrard has described the move as a “coup” for the club [Daily Record]. He also claimed Celtic had a deal on the table for the player which he turned down for Ibrox [Sky Sports].
Is it time to start getting excited about the 22-year-old yet?