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.

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Rangers fans were left impressed with the ability of Leon Balogun on the ball and his eagerness to get up the pitch in the club’s 1-0 victory over Aberdeen. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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