Joe Aribo reveals why he joined Rangers instead of Celtic

The young midfielder has revealed that he chose to sign for Rangers after being convinced by the club’s manager that it was the right decision.

While the Hoops have dominated Scottish football for almost a decade, it is Rangers who managed to win the signature of Joe Aribo. The youngster has joined the club from Charlton. Even though Lee Bowyer told him to sign for Celtic, he chose Rangers whose manager, Steven Gerrard convinced him.

While speaking to the Express, he said: “It’s a dream come true to play for a club the size of Rangers. I chose Rangers because of the size of the club. But also because of the manager.

“I had a chat with him and he persuaded me. He said this was the best place for me and I trusted him.”

And Aribo is keen on doing well for Rangers but has said that he cannot compare himself to anyone.

The 22-year-old continued: “I’m a dynamic player, I get up and down the pitch and get at opposition in a one v one. I can pick a pass and find the back of the net.

Steven Gerrard, Rangers, Scottish Premier League

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“I can’t compare myself to anyone. But a lot of people say Patrick Vieira and my old boss at Charlton says Dele Alli.

“My aim last season at Charlton was to score 10 goals and I achieved that. I want to be a goalscoring midfielder, I take pride and joy in scoring.

“This pre-season will be vital for me because I need to settle in as quickly as I can, get to know all the boys.”

Aribo also helped Charlton win promotion to the English Championship in a final win over Sunderland.

“The final was surreal. There were so many fans there and the atmosphere was bouncing.

“That kind of pressure will prepare me for Rangers. We went out there expecting to win and we had to win

“That’s how it will be playing at a club the size of Rangers.”

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