JOE ARIBO has revealed he plumped for a move to Rangers ‘because of the size of the club,’ and the fact Steven Gerrard is the manager.

Aribo, 22, joined up with his new teammates in the Algarve this afternoon having agreed a four-year deal with Gerrard’s Gers.

And, as the ink dried on his contract, he took time to sit down with RangersTV for his first, exclusive interview and explained why he chose Ibrox when he had many other offers on the table.


The affable Londoner explained: “It is a dream come true to play for a club the size of Rangers. I grew up watching them, I am buzzing to be here and I can’t wait to get going.

“[I chose here] because of the size of the club of course, but also the manager. I had a chat with him and he persuaded me this was the best place to be at the moment and I trusted him.”

Last season, Aribo played a key role for Charlton as they earned promotion from League One to the Championship, and had a personal goal ratio better than one in four.

He was asked to describe what kind of player he was, and continued: “I am quite dynamic and can get up and down the pitch. I can get at players in a ‘one v one’ and sometimes I can pick a pass and find the back of the net.

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

Aribo spoke warmly of his time at Charlton, saying: “They trusted me as I wasn’t playing for an Academy at the age of 18, so they trusted me in bringing me in and developing me, and they really helped me a lot.”

The Addicks’ promotion last season came through the play-offs, with Aribo starring at Wembley in the play-off final as they overcame the odds to defeat Charlton.

The pressure he experienced that day is something he expects to find and even be magnified at Gers, and he added: “It was surreal – there were so many fans and the atmosphere was bouncing. I couldn’t hear my teammates next to me – it was just the best footballing moment I have had so far.

“We went out there expecting to win and we had to win, and that is what it is going to be like at a club the size of Rangers.

“You have to go out every week, perform and win games.”

Now, Aribo is already eyeing up his Rangers debut, and said: “I can’t wait! It is going to be bouncing and everyone is going to be buzzing so I just can’t wait to put on the shirt and get going.”

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