Rangers star recovers from injury knock just in time for festive run-in
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The lesser celebrated injury positive from Rangers win v St. Johnstone

As Rangers ran out 3-0 victors against St. Johnstone there was plenty of positives to take from the match.

The Gers were very impressive as they steamrolled the Saints after a sloppy opening 10 minutes without ever really getting out of second gear.

Rangers star Kemar Roofe opened the scoring in the 3-0 win over St. Johnstone. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

But there was one lesser talked about positive from the night even if this player in particular never got on the pitch.

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Rangers defender Leon Balogun suffered from concussion in the match with St. Mirren a week ago to add injury to insult as the Gers toppled out of the Betfred Cup.

As a result, the big defender missed the weekend’s clash with Motherwell but was back on the bench as the Gers strolled it on a cold Wednesday evening in Perth.

Nigerian international Balogun, 32, has proven an able signing when called upon this season and has largely shared the defensive slot beside Connor Goldson with defender Filip Helander.

Whilst the big Swede was out with Covid-19, Balogun was the only fit defensive deputy and his absence from the team would’ve had pulses racing ahead of a tough Christmas run in.

With George Edmundson still serving a suspension and Nikola Katic still out with injury, Rangers would be really thin at the back with only two available centre-halves over the next few weeks.

Balogun hobbles off during the Betfred Cup defeat to St. Mirren. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

But the presence of Leon Balogun in the Ibrox squad is was a welcome positive for the Gers in a match laden with them.

Rangers fans heaped praise on plenty of players in the aftermath of the Saints result, but one moment of brilliance particularly stood out for the club’s supporters.


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