Rangers fans have reacted positively to the news that the club have signed Leon Balogun on a free.
The Gers confirmed via Twitter on Friday afternoon that the 32-year-old centre-back has signed an initial one-year deal, with the club holding an option for an additional year.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) July 24, 2020
The 32-cap Nigerian international turned out eleven times in the Championship for Wigan Athletic after arriving on loan from Brighton in January.
Balogun played in the left-sided centre-back role and helped the Latics register five clean sheets and a secure number of wins towards the back end of the season, but they were ultimately relegated earlier this week due to a points deduction and Balogun made a free agent.
The signing strengthens Steven Gerrard’s options at the back with the 6ft 3″ defender providing cover for the injured Nikola Katic.
Balogun’s arrival will likely allow 20-year-old Lewis Mayo to head out on loan in order to further his development.
The signing has pleased many Bears who feel that the experienced international will provide a good option behind Connor Goldson, Filip Helander and George Edmundson.
Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:
— Simon (@simon1872) July 24, 2020
Good defensive cover, pleased with this
— G1ngerBeerD (@g1ngerbeerd) July 24, 2020
Along with McLaughlin and Bassey, Balogun is a solid and welcomed addition to the squad after the injury to Katic and concerns about Helander. Hagi the diamond amongst our signings so far, hopefully we have at least 3 to go.
— Still staying at home every other Saturday (@CF3Loyal) July 24, 2020
— Mjohnstone (@mjohnstone05) July 24, 2020
Brilliant signing. Great reaction from the club
— Borna Bassey (@FredMorelos1) July 24, 2020
55 in the bag
— DCooper1970 (@Cooper1970D) July 24, 2020
Judge him on the field but looks a smart signing for a back up. Like his height for when we play hammer throwers and sure Joe must have had a word on type of player he is.
— Kyle Fitzpatrick (@Kjfitzdude) July 24, 2020