Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has been praising the early impact of defender Leon Balogun as he revealed the player was signed after detailed chats with ex-Wigan boss Paul Cook.

The big Nigerian international defender came highly recommended by the English manager and Steven Gerrard had been tracking Balogun, 32, closely before making the move.

With Ibrox defender Nikola Katic set for a substantial spell on the side-lines due to a cruciate ligament injury, Balogun has emerged as a strong option at the back.

There’s a growing feeling that he’s a missing piece of the puzzle at Ibrox and Steven Gerrard has praised Balogun’s early impact.

“I’ve been very impressed,” said Steven Gerrard [RangersTV].

 

“We knew we were adding a fantastic player because we’ve followed him and tracked him for quite a while.

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“I also spoke to Paul Cook at Wigan in great detail about him, who was very complimentary, so we knew we were getting a top player.

“Since he’s come in the door he’s been fantastic in training and really good around the place in terms of his character, you can see clearly he’s a winner.

“He’s our type, he fits our profile because he’s quick and the likes of at Ibrox when we want to go put pressure on teams it is important that defenders are capable of defending the halfway line.

“He certainly is.”

Nigerian international centre-back Balogun joins Rangers after a short-term deal at Wigan came to an end following football’s restart down south.

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Detailed chats with ex-Wigan boss Paul Cook helped convince Rangers and Steven Gerrard to move for Nigerian international Leon Balogun. (Photo by Dave Howarth – CameraSport via Getty Images)

The big 6gt3 defender moved to the Latics after an initial loan spell following the expiration of his contract at Premier League Brighton.

Berlin-born Balogun has also turned out for Mainz, Werder Bremen and Hannover 96 back in Germany.

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