Rangers star Joe Aribo could potentially miss up to six domestic matches whilst he is away on international duty representing Nigeria at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

That is if Nigeria goes all the way and reaches the final. With the tournament having kicked off yesterday, and the final taking place on February 6, Aribo could miss five Scottish Premiership matches and one Scottish Cup match.

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Although he is unlikely to be needed against Stirling Albion in the Scottish Cup tie, the remaining league matches are crucial if the Ibrox side aims to hit the ground running following the resumption of the season following the winter break.

Rangers are set to play Aberdeen on January 18 away from home, followed by the Stirling Albion tie, before a home match against Livingston.


A trip up to Dingwall is next for the side before the crunch tie against Celtic, in what was supposed to take place on January 2. With a home fixture against Hearts coming just four days later, the day of the AFCON Final.

Joe Aribo could miss all these matches if Nigeria exceed expectations

Nigeria has won the continental competition three times in their history, yet it could be a tough ask to make it four. With Algeria, Senegal, and hosts Cameroon plus a host of others standing in their way, then it will surely prove to be stiff competition.

With news of Odion Ighalo missing the tournament as well as fellow forward Victor Osimhen, the Super Eagles may have to rely on former Gers player Umar Sadiq to lead the line.

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I’m sure every Rangers fan will be wishing Nigeria well at AFCON, but an early return for Aribo would be welcomed if the side harbours ambitions to retain the title

Meanwhile, Rangers Euro foes have shown weaknesses ahead of the crunch two-legged tie in February.

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