A big Rangers update has emerged on Leon Balogun and his future at Ibrox under Giovanni van Bronckhorst heading into the summer transfer window…
What’s the talk?
According to the Daily Record, Rangers have set a meeting with the centre-back to discuss a new deal with the Glasgow giants.
He is out of contract this year and the Gers will now hold talks with the 6 foot 2 brute to see whether or not they can come to an agreement on extending his terms.
Ibrox will be rocking
Van Bronckhorst can get Ibrox rocking by securing a deal to keep Balogun in Glasgow heading into the 2022/23 campaign.
He is a crucial player for the club and retaining his services would be a huge boost for the club, particularly given Connor Goldson’s expected departure at the end of the month.
Does Balogun deserve a new deal?
Former Gers man Alex Rae previously dubbed him a “tremendous addition” to Rangers, having joined on a free transfer from Wigan in the summer of 2020. Since arriving, he has played 65 games for the Light Blues in all competitions as he impressed under Steven Gerrard and carried that form over to his time with van Bronckhorst.
He was reliable, once again, in the top-flight for the Gers in 2021/22 as he was a defensive rock for Rangers…
These statistics show that he was a strong, commanding, presence at the back for van Bronckhorst as he won the ball back for his team on a consistent basis and won the majority of his individual battles.
Balogun also played a key role on the way to the Europa League final. He made ten appearances in Europe and averaged a SofaScore rating of 6.96 as he chipped in with two goals and made an outstanding 3.5 tackles and interceptions per game.
The Nigeria international has proven his quality domestically and in Europe and that is why supporters will be rocking with joy at Ibrox if van Bronckhorst can agree a deal to keep the defender at the club.
He is a reliable, quality, player to call upon when needed and losing him this summer would be a big blow as there is no guarantee that any replacement coming in will be able to offer the same experience and defensive nous.
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