Having successfully helped Florian Kamberi switch nations last year, ex-Rangers star Sergio Porrini has no doubt the striker will be able to smooth out his club difficulties.
Kamberi courted controversy in the aftermath of his January-loan switch from Rangers to Hibs, when publicly revealing it was his “dream” to join the Light Blues.
Hibs fans were infuriated, making their feelings clear in the midweek match between the clubs, and manager Jack Ross has admitted he fears it could be difficult for the player to return to Easter Road at the end of the agreement.
Porrini, who brokered Kamberi’s move to play for Albania instead of Switzerland, the country he represented up to Under-21 level, argues the 24-year-old is only guilty of being honest.
“I really don’t believe Florian was disrespecting Hibs supporters by what he said,” asserted Porrini.
“He is a serious professional and in football, as in all areas of life, it is normal to have ambitions and dreams.
“He wants to improve himself as a player and Rangers can help him do that.
“They are one of the most-famous clubs in the world and as such are able to afford to bring in players of a higher level.
“The reason they will have recruited Florian is because they must have seen something in him which makes them believe he can elevate himself to that standard.
“But if things don’t go well for him there, and he has to go back to Hibs at the end of the loan, then I am sure he would give everything for the shirt.
“My own view is that he will do well enough to earn himself the chance to stay on at Rangers, because he has a lot of talent.”
Talent that persuaded Albania to make their move to try to exploit the Swiss-born player’s family connections to their benefit.
“The idea first came from our coach, Edy Reja – he is the one who makes all the decisions.
“But we all could see his potential to do well for us,” said Porrini, who now works as Albania assistant coach.
“Having been with Rangers for four years (from 1997 to 2001), I can speak English, so it fell to me to get in touch.
“So I met Florian a few times to talk over the idea with him, and also with his father and his lawyer.
“Straight away, he was very interested in the proposal, and when it became clear how much we wanted to make it happen, he had no doubts.
“His introduction has been delayed, due to red tape and a niggling injury.
“But we are fully confident he can make a big impact for the country in the future.”