Glasgow Rangers are understood to have beaten their rivals Celtic to the signing of Charlton Athletic midfielder Joe Aribo, the Scottish Sun are reporting.

The Scottish pair were both said to be chasing the 22-year-old, who impressed as the Addicks gained promotion to the Championship in England last summer, with the Gers believed to have won the race for his signature.

The box-to-box style of the midfielder was something that impressed Rangers boss Steven Gerrard, as he sets about creating a squad strong enough to challenge Celtic domestically, and offer more in Europe than they were able to do in the first term under him.

Aribo improved as the season went on at The Valley, and was a big reason for Charlton coming through the League 1 play-offs to secure promotion, something that the Gers coach will no doubt have noticed.

The midfielder will move to Ibrox off the back of the best season of his career to date, making 39 appearances, including in the clash with Sunderland at Wembley Stadium that sealed their future in the Championship.

He scored 10 goals in what was comfortably his most prolific campaign thus far, and all at Rangers will be hoping he can continue that sort of output in the blue shirts of the Glasgow giants next term.

Such was the desire for the Gers to sign Aribo, it is believed he has put pen to paper on a deal worth £20,000-a-week to him, which would make him one of the highest earners in what is a big season to come at Ibrox.

Rangers begin their new campaign next month when they enter the Europa League qualifiers, and if everything goes to plan, they will hope to have their new midfielder available right from the outset as they plot a huge year.


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