There wasn’t anyone connected to Rangers more excited than Steven Gerrard when the club managed to secure the signing of Joe Aribo.

An absolute bargain on a pre-contract, the gangly, technically gifted midfielder came to Ibrox for a reported development fee of only £300k.

Joe Aribo has impressed so far in his Rangers career. (Photo by PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images)

By the same token, no one was angrier about Aribo’s move to Glasgow at Charlton than Lee Bowyer.

The Charlton boss took to the press to criticise the move, calling it a “mistake” [Daily Record].

Steven Gerrard appeared to nod to Bowyer’s comments earlier today as he congratulated Aribo on his first international cap and goal for Nigeria.

“He’s in a fantastic place, smiling away,” Gerrard told the press as he previewed the tie with Livingston.

“Congratulations to him, his first game and he manages to get a goal, and he was rewarded for his form as a Rangers player.

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“It was his first call-up, so it shows you that he’s at the right place and he’s playing football at the right level.

“European football, playing in Old Firms, at last, he’s being recognised as an international player now he’s rewarded with his first game and gets his first goal so he should be in a great place.”

Then when Gerrard was asked about all the conjecture about Joe Aribo by simply saying “Joe Aribo’s in the right place, trust me.”

Steven Gerrard couldn’t resist tackling Lee Bowyer (at least this time for his comments). (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

The Gers gaffer then suggested that the Nigerian national team must’ve been watching Aribo performing on this stage for Rangers.

He also suggested that playing at Championship level would not have earned Aribo the international recognition that the midfielder has had only a few months into his Rangers career.

There’s little doubt so far Lee Boywer’s being made to eat his words.

And if the midfielder keeps on developing at this rate, Aribo could prove to be the shrewdest piece of business Rangers have conducted all decade.

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