Kris Boyd has told the Scottish Sun that he thinks Rangers defender Leon Balogun is better than Celtic’s Christopher Jullien and Kris Ajer – picking the experienced summer signing Balogun in his combined Old Firm XI ahead of Saturday’s clash.
Balogun, 32, has been in excellent form for Rangers since joining Steven Gerrard’s side on a free transfer. He continues to be used in a rotational system with Filip Helander, alongside Connor Goldson at the heart of Rangers defence.
Jullien was excellent for Celtic in his first season, clocking up 47 appearances in all competitions following his £7million (Sun) move from Toulouse. He scored seven goals in his first season, and three more this time around in 14 games.
Injury has hampered the Frenchman and after colliding with the post on Wednesday, he might miss Saturday’s Old Firm duel. Ex-Rangers man Boyd picked Balogun over Jullien – and indeed Norway international Ajer – in his combined XI.
“It’s a toss up between Balogun and Filip Helander. Looking at Celtic you could put a case for Ajer or Jullien. You’ve got to go with who has been consistent and that Rangers defence has been consistent. I think Balogun will play Saturday,” Boyd said.
TBR’s view – Rangers bias? Or is Boyd bang on?
To pick just two Celtic players is harsh from Boyd. Jullien should certainly be in the side of Balogun or Helander, alongside Goldson. But you can hardly argue with Allan McGregor, James Tavernier and Borna Barisic.
In midfield, Steven Davis and Glen Kamara have been superb – with Ryan Jack injured. Ryan Christie has been good for Celtic, but David Turnbull is Celtic’s most in-form player. Kemar Roofe has started with a bang, while Ryan Kent continues to shine.
Boyd is pretty much bang on, other than Jullien and Balogun.