Rangers boss Gerrard should start Leon Balogun against Hamilton as perfect set sought
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Rangers boss Gerrard should start Leon Balogun against Hamilton as perfect set sought

Rangers take on Hamilton Academical in the Premiership on Sunday afternoon and Leon Balogun should be included in the starting XI.

The Gers are seeking to complete a perfect set of domestic results between international breaks, following victories over Celtic, Livingston and Kilmarnock.

Rangers have kicked on since the October international break. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Changes to the side are inevitable following a tough workout against Benfica in Portugal on Thursday night and one should come in the back four.

Filip Helander has been impressive since he joined the club from Bologna in the summer of 2019, but he looked a little shaky against Kilmarnock last weekend before making errors which led directly to two of the three goals his side conceded in Lisbon.

Connor Goldson has backed his teammate to move on quickly from the mistakes [Scottish Herald], but with a break looming, it’s the perfect time to take him out of the firing line.

In Leon Balogun, Gerrard has a more than adequate replacement to turn to and after strong recent showings against Standard Liege and Lech Poznan, he’s ready for his first league start in over a month.

Niggles have halted the Nigeria international’s progress at times, but so far, he looks to be an inspired signing.

Leon Balogun has impressed at Rangers and should be brought back to face Hamilton. (Photo by Robert Perry – Pool/Getty Images)

Remarkably, Rangers have only conceded once when Balogun has been on the pitch this season. Standing at 6ft 3″, the 32-year-old brings a commanding physical presence, but he’s also blessed with impressive pace that should help to nullify the threat posed by Accies on the break.

The visitors have been short on points but they have still scored seven times in their last three league games and the likes of David Moyo and Marios Ogkmpoe are dangerous.

What’s more, Balogun offers plenty in terms of distribution.

The Gers will likely dominate possession at Ibrox and his willingness both to take the ball out from the back and to hit accurate diagonals would make Gerrard’s side less predictable in attack.

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