According to the Sunday Mail, Rangers want to make an agreement with Nigeria football chiefs to ensure Leon Balogun, Joe Aribo, and Calvin Bassey play against Celtic in January.

Because FIFA rules require clubs to release their players on December 27 ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations, which begins on January 9, the trio may miss the Old Firm encounter on January 2.

Rangers, on the other hand, are anxious to have them available for the visit to Parkhead and are sure that they will be able to arrange for them to report for duty after the Celtic game with the help of the NFF and manager Gernot Rohr.

Steven Gerrard and sporting director Ross Wilson have a good working connection with Rohr and the Nigerian Football Association, which could aid in negotiations.

 The Bears know that victory at Parkhead is vital to retaining the title, and Gerrard will need two of his important players to be available for the match.

Balogun and Aribo have been vital for the Scottish title holders, but they’re still important members of the Super Eagles also, and they are expected to be called up for the AFCON.

Bassey was called up for the first time earlier this month, but is yet to play and is not guaranteed a place in the tournament.