Report: Celtic interested in Charlton Athletic's Joe Aribo

By David Walton

May 15, 2019

Celtic are reportedly keen on Southampton target Joe Aribo.

Aribo is currently with Charlton Athletic, and operates as a midfielder. Reported by Goal, Celtic are one of four clubs interested in taking the out-of-contract starlet in the summer.

Other parties with interest include Glasgow rivals Rangers, as well as Southampton and Rennes. Goal also states that Premier League giants Arsenal had previously scouted Aribo, but have currently dropped their interest for now.

Aribo has plenty of potential (Rachel Holborn – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Aribo has netted in Charlton’s last four games, and has managed 10 goals this season alone. Currently operating in League One, Charlton are currently in the playoffs to get promoted back to the Championship.

They currently lead Doncaster Rovers 2-1 in the semi-final stages after an away win three days ago. It’s unclear as of yet whether promotion would be enough to keep Aribo at the Valley.

Aribo has been at Charlton for four years now. He’s made close to 100 appearances for the English side, netting 16 goals and bagging 15 assists.

Out of the blue but an unnecessary signing

This seems like one from left-field. Aribo seems to have plenty of potential, but you just have to wonder where he could get into our squad.

Aribo would have fierce competition at Parkhead (Ker Robertson/Getty Images)

With Celtic’s current shape, he would have to battle the likes of Scott Brown, Callum McGregor, Olivier Ntcham, and Ryan Christie to get into the side. Tom Rogic is another potential rival if we chose to play him further up.

In other words, there’s not a hope he could be signed and go straight into our first-team. If Celtic signed Aribo, you would suspect that it wouldn’t be a signing for the immediate present, even if he is 22.

Considering he’s out-of-contract at the end of the season, there’s no real risk here. But there are also other more major target areas that Celtic need to bolster in the summer before looking at potential ones for the future.

Aribo has been with Charlton for four years (Ker Robertson/Getty Images)

Players that Celtic sign in the midfield this summer must be proven and of real high-quality. It has to be a player that can offer us something different and is potentially better than what we have. Aribo doesn’t have the experience to be that man on paper.

But, again, at no risk, it would hardly surprise you if Celtic gave it a go anyway.