Lee Bowyer has slaughtered Scottish football while reacting to Joe Aribo’s move to Rangers.
The Charlton manager is busy building his squad for their challenge of competing in the English Championship next season.
But he’s been dealt a blow in that as Aribo is about to seal a £300,000 move to Ibrox.Embed from Getty Images
Steven Gerrard confirmed that yesterday, with the midfielder expected to be announced today.
And Bowyer hasn’t held back in giving his opinion on Aribo’s move.
Per The Daily Record, Bowyer went in strong on the standard of Scottish football and insisted Aribo is making a bad move for his career.
He said: “I worked so hard to get him to this situation he is in now. 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.
“You have got Rangers and Celtic who are massive clubs, I get that. And I get that Steven Gerrard was a great player, so that’s an attraction. Those two things are the attraction – but not everything else.
“It doesn’t make sense on the football side. When people from England go and play for Celtic and Rangers it is at the end of their careers. That’s because it is very rare you get a move from Rangers to the Premier League, and I don’t mean any disrespect by that.
“They might go from Rangers to the Championship, very rarely is it to the Premier League. For me he should stay in England and keep progressing. The move should benefit Joe.”
Aribo played 97 times over three seasons for Charlton, helping them get promotion to the Championship via the play-offs at the end of last season.
But he’s decided Rangers is best for the next stage of his development and he’s expected to join up with the Ibrox squad in Portugal, where they are stepping up their pre-season training.