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‘Absolutely love it’: Alex Rae blown away by ‘absolutely outstanding’ Rangers player

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‘Absolutely love it’: Alex Rae blown away by ‘absolutely outstanding’ Rangers player

Glasgow Rangers icon Alex Rae has waxed lyrical about Ibrox newcomer Leon Balogun, comparing him on Rangers TV to his former teammate Marvin Andrews.

At the end of July, Steven Gerrard brought the 32-year-old defender to Ibrox on a one-year contract with a further year’s option after leaving English side Wigan.

Balogun has made three Scottish Premiership appearances to date, playing the full 90 minutes against Aberdeen and St Mirren, both clean-sheet wins.

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He then featured for 46 minutes against St Johnstone last time out, having to come off due to injury, but once again, Rangers recorded an impressive clean-sheet victory.

Rae has been impressed with the Nigeria international’s performances for Rangers so far, admiring his full-blooded style.

 

“Balogun has been absolutely outstanding since he came,” Rae told Rangers TV, as quoted by the Glasgow Times. “He’s so aggressive, I absolutely love it.”

“You get guys that get tight and they are trying to anticipate, and you are constantly on the front foot against a centre-forward. They hate it and you almost wear them down. And this guy is getting great through the back.

“He reminds me of big Marvin a lot when he is happy to hit the back of people and everything, there’s people’s bodies lying everywhere, it is brilliant.”

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Balogun’s CV is impressive, having clocked up a healthy amount of Bundesliga appearances, plus time in England’s top two divisions and, with the Super Eagles, appearances in the World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations.

It’s not taken him long to win plaudits at Rangers, with three Premiership appearances yielding three clean sheets, and hopefully he won’t be out for long, as he’s already staking a big claim for being one of the first names on Gerrard’s clean sheet.

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