Hibs striker Florian Kamberi has opened up on how Sergio Porrini convinced him to become an Albanian international.
Kamberi is eligible to play for Switzerland and Kosovo too but a meeting with the ex-Rangers man has convinced him to opt for the Albanians.
He was called into action during the recent international fixtures against Andorra and France but red tape and a minor injury prevented him from making an appearance.
Porrini himself is no stranger to Scottish football, having played for Rangers between 1997-2001. He is now assistant coach of the Albanian national team.
The assistant boss flew to watch Kamberi against Celtic recently and was able to pitch to the Hibees man that Albania should be the nation for him.
“The assistant coach with Albania is Sergio Porrini, who used to play for Rangers,” Kamberi said after Hibs’ 3-1 win over Motherwell. “He came over to the Celtic game, watched me playing and the next day met with my agent and my father.
“We had a good chat and they made it clear they really want me because they want to build a new team and have a new era. I want to be a big part of it.
“Having Sergio there is good because some people think playing in Scotland is easy, but it’s not, it’s very tough. Most people just know Celtic and Rangers and they think it’s easy, but he knows the league.
“It’s good to have someone who can see your quality and wants to work with you. Having international football is a motivation, if you have that chance it’s a privilege.”