Rangers complete signing of imposing centre-back on one-year deal

Date published: Friday 24th July 2020 4:30 - Robert McCarthy

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Rangers have completed the signing of Nigeria international Leon Balogun on a one-year deal.

Steven Gerrard has been looking to add defensive cover since losing Nikola Katic to a serious knee injury. And has now moved to land the former Brighton player following his Wigan exit last week.

Gerrard – who has the option of extending Balogun’s contract for another 12 months – told the Rangers website: “I am pleased to secure the signature of Leon. He is an experienced centre half who will add strength and depth to our squad.

“His experience in the Premier League as well as his international pedigree strengthens our squad and will assist in the development of our young defenders.

“Leon has just finished a round of competitive fixtures with Wigan so will hit the ground running. He’s a positive and bright character and we are looking forward to his influence around the group.”

Transfer plan altered for Rangers

Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson added: “We quickly targeted Leon after adapting our transfer plan when Niko Katic suffered an injury a few weeks ago.

“We agreed terms with Leon shortly before going to France. Eabling Leon to give Wigan his full focus, particularly in the situation they found themselves in.

“Leon impressed Steven and I with his enthusiasm and excitement to join Rangers from the moment we first spoke. While the staff at Brighton and Wigan couldn’t have spoken any higher about his personality and abilities.”


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