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Steven Gerrard’s pulled off a masterstroke at Rangers this season, and for a bargain price – TBR View

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Steven Gerrard’s pulled off a masterstroke at Rangers this season, and for a bargain price – TBR View

Glasgow Rangers defender Leon Balogun is continuing to impress for the Ibrox side, putting in another superb display in last night’s Europa League victory.

With Nikola Katic likely to be sidelined for most of the 2020-21 season, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard brought the experienced free agent to Ibrox on a one-year deal in July.

To date, Balogun has made seven appearances for the Gers, with injury ruling him out of four games and a further six matches spent on the substitutes’ bench.

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Despite not having had much game time so far, the 32-year-old has impressed whenever he’s taken to the pitch, shining in Thursday night’s 1-0 win over Lech Poznan.

 

Balogun, brought in for Filip Helander after his great display in Liege last week, made six clearances, one tackle and one interception, as well as blocking one shot.

He also made 46 passes, including one key pass, with a 93.5 percent success rate, and did all this despite being on the receiving end of a bad foul early on in the game.

Going by the Whoscored ratings, Balogun hasn’t fallen below 6.5 out of 10 this term, with four games in which he earned more than 7 and two where he got more than 8 out of 10.

Impressive statistics, great displays and part of a side which has surged to the top of the Scottish Premiership and is shining in the Europa League – Balogun is certainly doing his bit.

Bringing him to Ibrox was a masterstroke from Gerrard, and one which has cost the club nothing in transfer fees, just wages and perhaps a sign-on fee.

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