After an amazing performance in the match day one of the Scottish premier league, the head coach of Glasgow Rangers Steven Gerrard has heaped praises on Nigeria’s Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun, OJB Sport reports.
Rangers opened the season on Saturday with an away win over Aberdeen courtesy a lone strike from Ryan Kent and secured maximum points.
The former Mainz 05 defender was one of the outstanding performer in the keenly contested encounter and was able to keep at bay Aberdeen attackers.
He joined the Gers few days back after the expiration of his contract with the English premier league side Brighton Hove Albion.
And despite having Filip Helander and George Edmundson available, Gerrard decided to hand the former Brighton man a full debut at Aberdeen.
It proved to be a positive day for Balogun. Rangers kept a clean sheet and secured well-deserved 1-0 win at Pittodrie.
Balogun looked confident on the ball and produced some fantastic runs out of the backline. It is certainly fair to say that the Nigeria international and Connor Goldson rarely looked troubled.
“He’s been in the door six days, this is probably one of the toughest away games on your debut. You’re only getting used to knowing the players.
“But we’d seen and what we’d seen prior, we had trust in him. But he went out and put out a performance. He deserves all the plaudits that come his way. I thought he was outstanding.”
Gerrard could not quite settle on a regular centre-back pairing last season. Injury played its part with Helander performing well before being sidelined, but there were also times when there were concerns about some of the performances on show.
Balogun’s display arguably saw the defender stake a claim for a regular spot alongside Goldson.
Aberdeen struggled to ask many questions of the Rangers backline. But the early signs hint that Balogun has the potential to be an inspired signing for the Gers this season.