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.

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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.

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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.

At 22, goalscoring, creative, midfielder all-rounder Aribo is ready to take his game to the next level. (Photo by Leila Coker/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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.

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