Lee Bowyer responds when asked about Joe Aribo's progress since joining Rangers

9th September 2017, Ibrox Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish Premier League football, Rangers versus Dundee; General view of Ibrox, home of Rangers

The Rangers manager Steven Gerrard managed to lure Aribo to Ibrox despite rival interest.

Joe Aribo of Rangers FC in action during the UEFA Europa League Play Off First Leg match between Legia Warsaw and Rangers FC on August 22, 2019 in Warsaw, Poland.

Lee Bowyer has maintained his belief that Joe Aribo made a mistake by joining Steven Gerrard's Rangers in the summer transfer window.

Rangers snapped up Aribo at the end of his contract with Charlton Athletic, whom he helped gain promotion back to the Championship before his defection to Ibrox.

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The Nigerian midfielder is also said to have had offers from English clubs, including Brentford. 

And the prospect of Aribo joining Rangers prompted his then Charlton manager, Bowyer, to tell The South London Press in June: "It is about progression for him. So it’s a shame if he gets pushed to somewhere where it is not going to benefit him in his football career.

 

"If he goes to Rangers that is not the right place for him to go for his football career."

Aribo has since scored four goals in 12 games for Gerrard's side and found the net on his Nigeria debut yesterday evening (Tuesday).

But asked whether he still feels the same about the 22-year-old's decision, Bowyer told Talksport earlier: "Ideally, he would have stayed with us and had a year with us. He would have kept learning here. But it’s done now. He’s chosen to go there.

"He’ll learn from Steven Gerrard, I have no doubt. But everyone’s just got to be patient with him. He’s a young lad. Last season was his first full season, playing week-in week-out. He’s had a big move to a big club with big expectations.

May  Charlton Athletic Manager Lee Bowyer  during the Sky Bet League 1 Play off Final between Charlton Athletic and Sunderland at Wembley Stadium, London on Sunday 26th May 2019.

"Joe’s a family man. His dad’s a pastor at the local church. They’re religious. So he misses his family, I bet. He’s in a completely different place now to where he would have been. If he’d have gone to Brentford or stayed with us, then he’d have been close to his family and his life would have been a lot easier.

"But he’s made that decision and he will adapt, I have no doubt. He’s a good lad and a good footballer. But it might just take a little bit of time."

Bowyer's Charlton are currently second in the Championship, having won four and drawn two of their first six games since promotion.

Will Aribo prove Bowyer wrong at Rangers? 

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