Calvin Bassey is hoping to make an impression for Rangers and earn a call-up to the Nigerian national team side for the African Cup of Nations in January and February.

Despite being born in Italy, Bassey has been able to represent his country of birth England, as well as Nigeria his ancestral home, at the international level. After being called up for World Cup qualifiers in October, he elected to represent Nigeria

The 21-year-old is still yet to play for Nigeria and was left out of the most recent team, but that hasn’t prevented him from vying for a place in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations squad.

The defender talked to the Rangers media pre the Dundee encounter, and when asked if he wanted to play for the Super Eagles in the new year, he said yes.

“Yeah of course,” said Bassey [Rangers.co.uk]. “It’s always an honour to represent your country. Obviously, the timings a bit hard because we’ve got games but right now, I’m just fully

Bassey appears to be sure that he will be called up to the famous competition if he plays well.

He could possibly be a versatile option for the Nigerian side as they strive to capture their fourth continental title, having played at both left-back and, more recently, centre-back for Rangers.

The kid isn’t the only Rangers player interested in the competition; Leon Balogun and Joe Aribo are both hoping to play a significant role for the Super Eagles.

Calvin Bassey’s international call-up for the Africa Cup of Nations could be a reality soon if he continues to perform well for Rangers.

This could give Giovanni van Bronckhorst a selection headache, forcing him to look for help in the transfer market.

“At the end of the day, if I do well here, that’s what helps me get called up to Nigeria, so I’m just focussed on the club and giving my best performance, taking each day as it comes.

“Whatever happens, when we get to the
stage, we’ll look at it and see what’s best for me and take it from there,”