Gers deal for 45-cap int’l makes sense as player himself hints Ibrox is in his future: view
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Rangers deal for 45-cap international just makes perfect Ibrox sense

As conjecture aplenty surrounds Rangers’ summer transfer business, in Leon Balogun the club have a player who’d they’d be foolish to let go.

The Nigerian international centre-back has been out pledging his allegiance to the Ibrox side in the aftermath of a pulsating crescendo to a season of what might’ve been.

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Out of contract in the coming weeks, it’s clear there is only one place the 33-year-old centre-back wants to be and as the squad prepares to take on a new shape the commitment of Leon Balogun to the Rangers cause should not be underestimated.

Leon Balogun clear he wants to stay at Rangers

Here’s a player who fully understands the expectations at Ibrox and for all intents and purposes, someone who appears a very popular member of the first-team squad.

Leon has immersed himself in life at Rangers since joining following the expiration of his contract at Brighton in 2020 and Balogun has made a major contribution over his two years at Ibrox.

Despite the defender’s career being hampered by niggling injuries and disappointment – something he believes matches up with the story of Rangers’ modern history – over the course of the last two seasons Leon has managed 65 games for the club.

This is the most Balogun has played for any side in his career across Germany and Europe and there’s a reason that the defender is so attached to life at Ibrox.

“I don’t want to say it is typical but it kind of is what happens at Rangers a lot, you get knocked down hard and you just pick yourself up and go again,” said Balogun [STV].

“It is then great to end the season on high after getting two knocks, missing out on the league win and then the Europa League final.

“Anyone who knows how I move around the club and within the club, know I have absolutely fallen in love with this club.

“As I described, getting knocked down and getting back up, is like my career. That is why me and Rangers are quite a good fit.

“I would love to stay. I think they know that and I hope I can announce something about my future with Rangers soon.”

With all the signs suggesting Connor Goldson is exit bound, and with the Filip Helander still recovering from yet another long-term injury lay off, the experience of Leon Balogun in the dressing room and on the pitch could be invaluable.

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The defender has 45 caps for the Nigerian national team and can be an experienced head amongst the likes of Calvin Bassey and John Souttar.

But Leon Balogun can also offer a sense of continuity for Rangers for any players coming into the club.

This isn’t a boyhood supporter or even a Scottish-born star, it’s a German born Nigerian who can help anyone from abroad coming into Ibrox understand what it takes to make it at Rangers.

Meanwhile, one first team Rangers star has already announced his exit from Ibrox.

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