Rangers star Joe Aribo produced excellent stats for Nigeria in their 1-0 AFCON win over Egypt and an Ibrox flop made his international debut.
Wearing the iconic Super Eagles no.10 shirt, Aribo played the full 90 minutes of the Group D clash in Garoua, Cameroon.
The 25-year-old midfielder worked hard out of possession and enthusiastically joined the vast majority of attacks looking to set up teammates.
He managed to do just that for the decisive goal in the 30th minute.
Aribo’s cushioned header to Kelechi Iheanacho was controlled and then slammed into the top right corner by the Leicester City striker.
The assist wasn’t the only impressive aspect of Aribo’s performance, though.
The Gers star had 42 touches, won all four of his ground duels, made another key pass, completed his only dribble, made a clearance and was fouled once, while he also completed two tackles and wasn’t dribbled past [SofaScore].
Aribo’s overall SofaScore rating of 7.6 was second only to Nigeria right-back Ola Aina’s 8.0.
It was a quality showing from a player who appears to be growing in stature every time he takes to the pitch.
Aribo wasn’t the only player with a Rangers connection in action, though.
Umar Sadiq, who has turned his career around since a much-lamented loan spell at Ibrox in 2018 that yielded no goals and was cut short early, made his senior international debut off the bench.
The 24-year-old Almeria striker replaced Taiwo Awoniyi in the 72nd minute.
He struggled a little during his time on the pitch, losing possession six times, conceding three fouls and being dribbled past once [SofaScore].
However, the Super Eagles held on for a deserved win and will now take plenty of confidence and momentum into their next fixture against Sudan on Saturday.