Rangers fans were certainly surprised to see the name Leon Balogun on the teamsheet before the victory against Aberdeen but they understood exactly why by the time the final whistle went at Pittodrie.
The big Nigerian international centre-half has just joined the Gers after his contract expired at Brighton, following a largely successful loan-spell and short-term deal at Championship Wigan.
The defender was well thought of in Greater Manchester and after a Man of the Match performance in the 1-0 win against the Dons, is already in Glasgow.
Balogun, 32, looked fit coming off the back of the restart with Wigan and was a powerful, commanding presence at the back alongside Connor Goldson.
The Germany born defender looked every inch the 32-cap Nigerian international and showed exactly why so many Wigan fans congratulated the Gers on securing his signing.
Not scared to take the ball forward, Balogun is a committed and determined presence who can also play a little too.
Such was his all-commanding performance in the Rangers backline, the big defender earned immediate comparisons to the ex-Gers centre-half Madjid Bougherra.
Rangers signed Bougherra for £2m from Charlton in the summer of 2008 and the Algerian international would go on to become a firm fans favourite for the club.
Balogun’s commanding, powerful presence both on and off the ball had shades of the big north African and it’s something supporters picked up on after the win at Pittodrie.
That Balogun or Bougherra
— Shaun Dunsmore (@Shaun_Dunsmore) August 1, 2020
What a debut Balogun had reminds me of Bougherra, 3 points and back down the road, good start 🙌
— Steeviemck (@steevie19) August 1, 2020
Big Balogun watchin bougherra compilations on youtube
— Marky (@Marky_RFC) August 1, 2020
Balogun doing big Bougherra runs up the park releasing some memories?
Why not listen to our interview with Bougherra below, a complete gentleman and still very fond of our club👇🔴⚪🔵 https://t.co/iqkyR81VcR
— This Is Ibrox (@thisisibrox) August 1, 2020
Balogun is definitely the reincarnation of majid bougherra
— Croatia's Chosen Few (@Thesupergers) August 1, 2020
Used to love Bougherra, now love Balogun xo
— Natalie-Megan (@natallynickle) August 1, 2020
Balogun looks very good so far. Bougherra sort of centre half
— Ryan (@Rydosh) August 1, 2020
Bougherra watching Balogun today pic.twitter.com/eknfbPyz7w
— “ (@RFCNC72) August 1, 2020
Impressed with big Balogun.. Flashbacks of Bougherra!
— A.F (@Arfrfc) August 1, 2020
Balogun probably starts in part as he's match fit, naturally left sided CH as well. Looks comfortable. Deff got an Amo / Bougherra run in him. Not a bad thing tbh.
— Russell (@RustyBaw72) August 1, 2020
Shades of Bougherra with Balogun
— ✈Jamie✈ (@Mr__JJ) August 1, 2020
Flashes of Madjid Bougherra from that Leon Balogun yesterday. Liked what I saw.
— Pilsner Loyal 🍺🇳🇱🚩🏴 (@Pilsner72) August 2, 2020
Balogun looking like bougherra the day read game well n pace is unreal
— Lee Lockhart (@LJL8) August 1, 2020
Balogun is a very intelligent defender. Has a bit of Bougherra about him. Fast, too. Only one half of football, but he definitely looks like an upgrade in the defensive area.
— Ian Moore (@RangersMan84) August 1, 2020