It’s set to be one of the most important summers in some time for Rangers, with Steven Gerrard seemingly already hard at work to improve the Scottish side’s fortunes next season.
Some big names have been rumoured with a move to Glasgow already, but one name that has got fans excited is Charlton midfielder Joe Aribo, who according to the Daily Record, is in talks with Rangers about a potential summer move.
The youngster has had a great season with the League One side, guiding the Addicks to Championship promotion via a dramatic play-off final against Sunderland, whilst also scoring 10 goals and assisting four in all-competitions.
Aribo would be a promising signing for Rangers, but what have those in the know said about the 22-year-old?
Nowadays, whenever a young English talent residing in the lower leagues impress, there is a temptation to compare them to Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli, and former Charlton boss Karl Robinson is one man to draw such a comparison.
In January 2017 in an interview with BBC Radio London via BBC Sport, Robinson subtly alluded to a comaprison between Aribo and the Spurs star, saying: “Four assists in two games is incredible. I have seen it before with a very special talent who is working in north London now.
“South-east London is a hotbed for talent and I do class myself as a developer. I spoke to the owner [Roland Duchatelet] after the game at Southend and he was really excited about Joe.”
Of course, it’s not just managers that are tipping Aribo for greatness, as Marcus Gayle, a former Rangers striker who managed Aribo during his early years at Staines Town, has claimed in a recent interview with the Daily Record that the Charlton man will flourish at Rangers.
Gayle said: “Joe is equipped to deal with that [a move to Rangers]. He’s done very well at Charlton, who are a good sized club and have been promoted back to the Championship.
“They are relatively big in London and he’s just played at Wembley in the play-off final so he’s got all the experience at a young age, he’s an organic footballer who is serious about his game and wants to be the best he can.”
Charlton simply wouldn’t have had the season without Aribo, who’s goals were crucial in the London-based club’s promotion campaign. No man understands that more than his manager Lee Bowyer.
Speaking to the club’s official website after a 2-1 win over Portsmouth back in March of this year, Bowyer said: “Joe is just improving. The good thing for me is he is getting in the box. I keep drumming into him ‘Just get in the box, just get in the box, things will fall for you’ and he’s doing that.
“I thought he was outstanding, not just his goal but his all-around game. I can’t even remember him giving it away at all. He wins the ball back, he breaks it up. He’s got everything, he’s very good.”