Rangers defeated Brondby 2-0 at Ibrox to get off the mark in Europa League Group A but an injury picked up by Leon Balogun in the second half is a big concern.

Balogun scored the opening goal in the 18th minute, powering home a header from a James Tavernier corner, before a poacher’s finish from Kemar Roofe doubled the advantage 12 minutes later.

Rangers FC v Brondby IF: Group A - UEFA Europa League

Roofe was initially flagged offside but a goal was given after a VAR check. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It was a professional performance from the home side who moved to third in the four-team group, just a point behind second-placed Sparta.

However, not everything went according to plan in Govan.

33-year-old Balogun felt the back of his right leg around the hour mark and went down at the next break in play before limping off the pitch.

He’s a player Rangers can’t really afford to be without right now, especially in Europe.

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With Filip Helander out until December and Nikola Katic out on loan at Hadjuk Split, Jack Simpson is the only other natural centre-back partner for vice-captain Connor Goldson.


Simpson can play in domestic football and is highly likely to come into the side against St Mirren on Sunday, but he isn’t on the Gers’ UEFA player list for the EL group stages and therefore, is currently ineligible for the competition.

Rangers FC v Brondby IF: Group A - UEFA Europa League

Leon Balogun’s muscle issue in the second half against Brondby is a major concern for Rangers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

If Balogun was to be ruled out for a significant period, left-back Calvin Bassey – the player who replaced him against Brondby – would have to be drafted into the starting XI at centre-back for the trip to Brondby early next month.

In the absence of Goldson against Sparta on matchday two, Bassey was deployed at centre-back alongside Balogun and struggled badly.

“Leon has felt something in there,” said Gerrard after the Brondby win [Scotsman]. “We are hoping we have got to it before there is a tweak or any muscle damage.”

“We are hoping it is just a little bit of tightness and we will know in the next 24 hours. I will certainly be praying tonight.”

Meanwhile, Rangers fans slammed a tweet from Josh Windass during Thursday night’s Europa League match.

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