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Steven Gerrard provides update on Rangers defender Leon Balogun

Rangers FC v Royal Antwerp FC  - UEFA Europa League Round Of 32 Leg Two
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Steven Gerrard provides update on Rangers defender Leon Balogun

Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Leon Balogun is a doubt for Rangers’s next game after being taken off at half-time at Ibrox last week – in comments posted on the club’s Twitter account.

Balogun has filled in at right-back in the last couple games due to the injury sustained by James Tavernier in the first-leg of their Europa League tie with Royal Antwerp.

Royal Antwerp FC v Rangers FC  - UEFA Europa League Round Of 32 Leg One

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Unfortunately for the Gers, Balogun himself had to be replaced at half-time in the second-leg on Thursday.

And ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Livingston, Gerrard has confirmed that Balogun is a doubt due to a problem with his quad.

Royal Antwerp FC v Rangers FC  - UEFA Europa League Round Of 32 Leg One

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It will be a blow for Rangers if Balogun is not ready. The 32-year-old has proved to be a shrewd signing for the Scottish Premiership leaders.

 

TBR View: Patterson could be in line for full league debut

However, his absence may hand another opportunity to Nathan Patterson. The 19-year-old came on on Thursday and made an immediate impact.

Patterson scored within 20 seconds of his introduction. So perhaps he can now set his sights on his full Scottish Premiership debut.

It could be a tough game to be thrown into. The previous trip to Livi this season provided the first of only four games in which Rangers have dropped points in the league.

But with the title within their grasp, Rangers will be desperate to push themselves even closer to the line.

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