Rangers new boy Leon Balogun has admitted it was “special” for him to be recognised by his team-mates with a round of applause after his impressive debut in yesterday’s win over Aberdeen.

Balogun played the full 90 minutes at Pittodrie and put in an impressive afternoon’s work in his first outing since signing from Wigan last week.

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 01: Leon Balogun of Rangers and Bruce Anderson of Aberdeen during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Aberdeen and Rangers at Pittodrie Stadium on August 1, 2020 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors.

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The centre-back was delighted with his debut performance and now wants to help push Steven Gerrard’s side to success this season after his surprise move.

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“I said when I came I wanted to work and honour the jersey, so I was glad to get the opportunity,” Balogun said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“It was special for me to get a round of applause from my team-mates.

“They told me this is a tough place to make your debut so I’m happy.

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“I am just pleased I was able to perform in the way I performed.

“That said, you are only as good as your last match – so I need to rest up ahead of the next game.

“I want to help the group be successful.”

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 01: Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers FC arrives at the stadium prior to the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Aberdeen and Rangers at Pittodrie Stadium on August 01, 2020 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors.

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Balogun will miss Thursday’s Europa League clash with Bayer Leverkusen and Gerrard will have a dilemma on his hands over who to replace him with.

It wouldn’t be a surprise though to see Gerrard stick with Balogun and Connor Goldson domestically after the impressive start to the Nigerian international’s Rangers career.

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