Celtic appear quite happy to let Rangers nip Joe Aribo

By David Walton

June 17, 2019

Rangers may be closing in on a deal for Charlton Athletic star Joe Aribo, but Celtic’s interest can now be questioned.

According to the Daily Mail via the Scottish Sun, Steven Gerrard is set to bolster his squad with Aribo’s arrival. The attacking-midfielder played a big part in Charlton Athletic’s promotion from League One last season. According to the report, Rangers are also set to offer him a heavy £20k-per-week pay packet.

The Scottish Sun stated that Celtic were also hopeful of nabbing a deal for Aribo. But is this even believable given how silent Celtic have been on the matter?

Joe Aribo has been linked with both Celtic and Rangers (Kevin Barnes – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Talks of Rangers’ increased interest in Aribo have been going on for some time now. Yet, despite that, there hasn’t been a peep from the Hoops.

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If Celtic were seriously interested in taking Aribo this summer, wouldn’t they have stepped it up too? After all, if Rangers entered talks with the player, then what was to stop Celtic? There’s yet to be any reports of Celtic increasing interest, and that suggests the Hoops were happy to let this one go.

Not a priority position

Aribo played on 39 occasions for Charlton last season and bagged 10 goals in all competitions. He mainly plays as a number 10 or in the centre of midfield. Given the fact that Celtic are still locked in negotiations with David Turnbull, he’s likely our first-choice. Aribo could easily have just been a fall-back if the Turnbull deal doesn’t get over the line.

Aribo had a successful year with Charlton (Leila Coker/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Rangers appear to be trying to move quickly on this one. But the truth is, Celtic don’t exactly come across as having that same determination to get a deal done. Therefore, it’s fair to say that the Hoops aren’t too concerned with approaching Aribo this summer.

Whether he ends up at Ibrox or not is irrelevant to us. Celtic, at the end of the day, have their own targets, and Aribo doesn’t appear to be one of the key ones.

Neil Lennon has big summer problems that need solving (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Moving forward, Celtic still have several priority positions that need filling. A right-back or two is a must, as are two further centre-back additions. A new left-back to help rival Kieran Tierney would also be ideal. Those positions are much higher in the priority list than a move for Aribo.

Here’s hoping Celtic have been making strides over the last couple of weeks to resolve them.