Rangers boss says reported Saints target Aribo has 'ambition to play in the Premier League'

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Ranger's Joe Aribo (left) and Celtic's Callum McGregor battle for the ball during the Scottish Cup semi final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2022..
Ranger's Joe Aribo (left) and Celtic's Callum McGregor battle for the ball during the Scottish Cup semi final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2022..

RANGERS boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst revealed midfielder Joe Aribo’s ambition was to play in the Premier League and admitted: “That’s probably what is going to happen in the near future.”

Saints are reportedly set to sign the 25-year-old Nigerian, who has just one year left on his current deal at Ibrox.

And former Arsenal star van Bronckhorst dropped the hint that Aribo was set to exit the Scottish giants, with an initial £6million fee to join Saints, plus add-ons, reported as a fee for the player.

Giving an update on Aribo’s situation to Sky Sports, van Bronckhorst said: “Joe is a very important player for us. He has been really good for this club for the last years.

“His development was really good and at the moment he has the ambition to play in the Premier League.

“That’s his ambition and that’s probably what is going to happen in the near future.

“But it’s what you want as a club, to get talented players into the club, develop them into really good players and eventually every player has their own ambitions.

“But I think what he has done for this club has been fantastic.”

Since arriving from Charlton Athletic in 2019 for a reported compensation fee of around £300,000, Aribo has developed into a key player for Rangers.

He scored nine goals from a staggering 57 appearances last season, also providing 10 assists.

One of Aribo's goals came in the Europa League final, where the Scottish Premiership outfit eventually lost to Eintracht Frankfurt on penalties.

London-born Aribo started in non-league with Staines Town before his big break with Charlton.

He was also part of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria and has made a total of 148 appearances for Rangers.

“Of course, I talked with Joe about his future last season,” said the Gers boss, when asked about trying to convince Aribo to stay.

“But he has been playing for three years for Rangers, I think it’s also the natural way in players’ careers that of course Joe also wants to develop himself even further and see where his level is.

“Of course, playing in the Premier league, there won’t come many other stronger leagues than that in the world.”

Saints have already added the likes of Gavin Bazunu, Mateusz Lis, Armel Bella-Kotchap and Romeo Lavia to their squad this season.

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