Chris Powell thinks Rangers' Joe Aribo should have joined Brentford

Chris Powell of Southend United Manager

Rangers managed to bring Joe Aribo to Ibrox this summer.

Chris Powell of Southend United Manager

Rangers won the race to sign midfielder Joe Aribo this summer, but his move to Ibrox has been criticised on a number of occasions.

Aribo, 23, hit 10 goals and five assists in all competitions for Charlton Athletic last season, helping the Addicks win promotion to the Championship.


Yet with the midfielder out of contract at the end of the season, there was a real scrap for Aribo's services, and Rangers managed to win the race to sign him, paying bargain compensation in the process.


Aribo has made a strong start to life with Rangers, scoring three times in five Europa League qualifiers whilst showing his quality for Steven Gerrard's side in the league too.

Whilst Rangers and Gerrard are delighted that Aribo picked a move to Ibrox, his decision hasn't exactly gone down well back in England.

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer told talkSPORT that Rangers simply isn't the right place for him to play his football and development, suggesting that Scottish football isn't competitive enough.

Former Addicks manager and defender Chris Powell has offered his thoughts, telling the Daily Star that he had heard Brentford wanted to sign him – and believes Aribo should have gone to Griffin Park instead, given how strong their record of developing yoing players has been.

Joe Aribo of Rangers vies with Adrian Ferino of Progres Niederkorn during the Europa League Second Qualifying round first leg match between Rangers and Progres Niederkorn at Ibrox Stadium...

Powell thinks Aribo picked Rangers because of Gerrard's stature, but thinks a move to the Championship would have been better, even feeling that he could end up returning to England one day in the future.

“I really like Aribo - his style and the way he plays,” said Powell. “He's got intelligence but has a languid style which is deceptive. I'm led to believe Brentford were quite keen and you look at their set-up, how they develop players and move them on. I'm quite surprised he's gone to Scotland. But he's a good player and perhaps he wanted the experience of European football and playing in a different league which could benefit his career. He's young and I just felt that we should have seen some of him in the Championship. He's gone to a league where you're tested because you're the favourites - apart from when you play Celtic.”

“Maybe the chance to play under Gerrard attracted him. The size of the club as well. Sometimes in England you can forget the size of Celtic and Rangers. But who knows, he could come back in two or three years. I'm surprised he's done it and I wanted him to stay at Charlton if I'm honest. Once he was out of contract there was always going to be suitors and its Rangers' gain. He's a real talent and I feel he'll be on an ever higher stage in the not too distant future,” he added.

Joe Aribo of Rangers is seen in  action during the pre season friendly match between Rangers and Oxford United  at Ibrox Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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