Celtic target Joe Aribo urged not to move to Scotland

By Hamish Carton

June 14, 2019

Charlton Athletic midfielder Joe Aribo has been urged not to move to Scotland this summer. The 22-year-old is said to be interesting both Celtic and Rangers as well as Southampton.

Despite no longer being contracted, Charlton would be due a pretty hefty compensation fee if Aribo moves to an English side. That’s down to the role they played in his development as a youngster.

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However, if the Englishman chooses to move to Scotland, that compensation will be greatly reduced. That’s prompted Addicks’ head of recruitment Steve Gallen to go on the record and ask Aribo to stay in England. (London News Online)

“We’ve offered Joe contracts – we’ve been talking for months and months,” he said.

“I’ve also read the stories about Celtic and Rangers.. We really hope he doesn’t go. The main thing for us is that, number one, we want Joe to stay. That’s 100 per cent, no question about that.

“But if Joe does decide to go then we’d really like him to go an English club.”

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Tough luck

Celtic are at such a disadvantage against English clubs normally so we’re completely right to use every rule in the book here. Seeing clubs like Bournemouth and Watford spending our season budget on one player isn’t pretty or fair, so why should we worry about playing the game?

We’ve used the cross-border compensation deal quite wisely in recent years. The likes of Moussa Dembele and Joe Ledley were both acquired for nominal fees from English sides who simply had to suck it up. If the loophole is there then we’re perfectly entitled to use it.

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Aribo may be back on our radar after the reported problems with David Turnbull’s contract. The youngster has real potential and could help to take the strain off our existing midfielders. If he’s available for a nominal fee then that’s even better.