Super Eagles trio of Joe Aribo, Leon Balogun and Calvin Bassey will etch their names in the history book of their Scottish club when Rangers lock horns with Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League final on Wednesday night at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville, Spain.
Aribo left the field injured in the second leg semi-final clash against Leipzig but the Nigerian international is expected to be named in Coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s starting XI alongside compatriot Calvin Bassey who has been on fire for the club this season.
For the first time since 2008, the Gers will be competing in a major European final, and success in Seville would see them clinch continental silverware for just the second time in their history, after lifting the European Cup Winners’ Cup back in 1971-72.
After finishing second in Group A, Rangers have since enjoyed a magical road to the final, including impressive victories against German duo Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig, beating the latter over two legs in the semi-finals.
Should the Gers go on to lift the Europa League trophy, they would become the first team in the competition’s history to eliminate three clubs from the same nation in a single campaign.
Victory for the Glaswegian giants would also see players of Nigerian descent pose for a second successive shot with the trophy after Samuel Chukwueze won it with Villarreal last season.
Meanwhile, Rangers head into Wednesday’s showpiece event as slight underdogs as they face a Frankfurt outfit who have not lost any of their 12 Europa League matches leading up to this season’s final.