Rangers look to set to land out-of-contract Charlton midfielder Joe Aribo and land a massive psychological blow to Celtic in the process.
The Ibrox club is reportedly ready to invest £20k a week for the talented midfielder [Daily Mail, via the Scottish Sun], and are set to pip their rivals to his signing.
The report claims Rangers are to pay Aribo £1m a year for four years (£4m in total)
And despite what many are now scrambling to say, Celtic’s leaked transfer document proves the club wanted the midfielder. And it’s massively symbolic that Aribo has chosen Rangers.
For years, Rangers struggled to compete with Celtic on and off the park.
The notion that Rangers could beat Celtic to a signing would’ve been laughed out of Parkhead. They taunted us with talk of signing Ryan Kent or Alfredo Morelos from under Rangers’ nose.
But now Rangers appear to have stolen a march on their rivals. Should the Aribo deal go through, Rangers have taken another big step in the race to overtake our rivals.
Steven Gerrard has a big role to play in the move
It’s also indicative of the role Steven Gerrard is playing at Ibrox.
The Liverpool legend has brought a level of pride, ambition and professionalism to Rangers that we’ve scarcely seen in a decade. You can bet he’s one of the main reasons Aribo has decided to sign.
When the choice is Neil Lennon or Steven Gerrard, there’s only one answer. Particularly for a young English midfielder.
If player recruitment is a department Rangers have barely laid a glove on Celtic in recent years, signing Aribo is a huge psychological blow.
And one which sends out a statement going into the new campaign.