Excited Rangers fans have been billing the Nigeria AFCON opener v Egypt as a mini-Rangers v Liverpool clash due to the expected appearances of Joe Aribo and Mo Salah.

Supporters are eager to cheer on Ibrox midfielder Joe at the tournament in Cameroon with the silky playmaker Rangers’ only representative at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

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But whilst attentions at the tournament will be more fixated on the likes of Egypt and Liverpool’s Mo Salah, many fans are backing their Nigerian prince to shine on the international stage.

As a result, in Nigeria’s Group D opener against tournament record-holders Egypt (7) many Gers fans are backing their man Joe Aribo to steal the show from Egyptian King Mo Salah.

The Nigerian international’s popularity could explode at the tournament, such is his ability and style, with Joe Aribo already a popular figure outside of Ibrox.

Taking to Twitter ahead of the game, supporters have been billing the clash as the African continent’s very own Rangers v Liverpool as fans of both clubs prepare to cheer on their heroes:

The match between Nigeria and Egypt is set to kick off at 4pm GMT with the game taking place at the Roumdé Adjia Stadium and live on the BBC Online and the red button.

Rangers star Joe Aribo to play big role for Nigeria ahead of Egypt AFCON kick off

Rangers and Nigeria star Joe Aribo is for many people the club’s Player of the Year frontrunner and is an increasingly important player for club and country.

At 25, Aribo has taken a big step in his development this season and his return of six goals and five assists this season – whilst impressive enough – doesn’t tell the whole story of the player’s performances.

This really could be the tournament that sees Joe explode into life on the international stage and Rangers star Aribo is expected to add to his twelve caps for the Nigeria team at this year’s AFCON.

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Aribo’s performances also haven’t went unnoticed south of the border with a host of clubs linked to the midfielder already this window, meaning plenty could be watching Nigeria through the cracks between their fingers.

One Premier League club – said to be readying a “significant bid” for the player – have also seen a £100m takeover completed earlier in the month.

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