Rangers icon backs club after £6m transfer deal

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Rangers have reached a ‘really good’ deal to sell Joe Aribo despite question marks over his transfer fee.

This is according to former Gers boss Alex McLeish, speaking exclusively to Football Insider on leaving midfield.

Rangers confirmed the 25-year-old’s departure on Saturday July 9.

The Athletic reported on the day the deal was announced that Saints had paid an initial fee of £6m, which could rise to £10m with add-ons.

Frank McAvennie told this site on Monday July 11 that the Gers could have demanded a higher fee.

McLeish claims the only way Rangers could have received more for the midfielder would be if there was a bidding war between rival clubs.

“If the player bounced between teams, the fees would be higher, that’s how the financial world works,” McLeish said Football Insider Matching Ben Wild

“I think it’s a very good deal for Rangers, especially after they snapped him up for next to nothing.

“It’s a great comeback and if you’re not in an elite group of teams in terms of winning but you’re an elite club, it’s a good way to work.

“You have to rely on scouts and they have to deliver and bring in other good players.

Aribo made 57 appearances for Gers in the 2021-22 season.

He has scored nine goals and provided ten assists during this campaign, including one goal and three assists in their Europa League campaign.

In other news, a pundit has told Rangers to sign ‘incredible’ Aribo replacement amid speculation of £6million profit.

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