Ex-Charlton midfielder has claimed that he wasn’t aware of any Celtic interest before he moved to their Glaswegian rivals Rangers, according to The Scotsman.
There were reports that Celtic wanted the 22-year-old, however, Aribo denies having any knowledge of that interest.
The centre midfielder played 36 games this season and scored nine goals and was a crucial part in the Addicks getting promotion.
His departure has been marred with controversy though, with Lee Bowyer doubting Rangers as a destination, claiming that he is less likely to get a move to the Premier League because of it, he told TalkSport.
Though Aribo seems happy with his location, if his words with The Scotsman are anything to go by.
He said: “I wasn’t aware of that but my agent might know a bit more about that.
“There were a few others but once I had spoken to the gaffer I knew this is where I wanted to go.
“It’s a massive club with a great history and great facilities that can help me improve.”
“I knew the size of the club and what I was getting myself into. I am just glad I managed to get it over the line.”
Despite Bowyer’s strong words, Aribo is ultimately joining a club with a rich history and presence, and will certainly learn a lot from Gerrard – especially considering they play in the same position.
If Aribo is able to standout in a successful season for the Gers then I don’t see any reason why Premier League teams wouldn’t be massively interested, though, it depends on whether Rangers can really compete with Celtic.
Although Celtic are a better team, being able to learn from Gerrard could be as much as of a pull as Celtic themselves, so I’m not surprised he didn’t sign for the Hoops. He is also much more likely to be a key player there.