Two former Rangers men are absolutely thriving away from Ibrox

Two former Rangers men are absolutely thriving away from Ibrox
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 04: Leon Balogun of Rangers warms up prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Ross County at Ibrox Stadium on October 04, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

For those interested in the fortunes of our two departed defenders Leon Balogun and Niko Katic, Ibrox Noise decided to give you the full run-down of how both men are doing in their new careers away from Ibrox. And let me tell you, it’s not good reading for Rangers’ board.

We begin with Niko Katic. Sold to Swiss side Zurich for around £800,000, the big Croat, league-wise, has seen his defence lose four goals in four, but ALL four of those were shipped to Grasshoppers, strangely enough. Aside that, clean sheets in all other three league outings including to top side Young Boys.

Indeed, while Zurich haven’t suddenly gone on a winning streak, they have arrested a slide of nothing but losses since Katic showed up, with a consistent four draws in a row and then that recent loss. Their form is showing signs of improvement, and indeed the last time pre-Katic Zurich had a clean sheet at all? Was when they beat Hearts. Of course it was.

So he’s had a real impact on their defence, and it’s about trying to shore up attack too. They remain bottom of the table but as we said elsewhere, you start with the defence and fix up the rest once that’s done. Zurich are on the right path there.

Balogun? Do we even need to spell out how good QPR are with he and Michael Beale at the helm? He’s failed to win just three of 11 since switching to Loftus Road, including four clean sheets. It’s safe to say Balogun is having a huge impact in London, and his last match v Wigan saw him get an assist, and a staggering 9 clearances.

He’s been literally outstanding for Beale, and has started to become an ever-present despite all his horrendous injury issues suffered at Ibrox. And yes, we’ll get to those.

So yes, as we sit here with Leon King and James Sands, not to mention Ben Davies, with Goldson, Helander and Souttar all out injured, you can thank our board and possibly manager for dumping two defenders who are thriving at their new clubs.

Thanks a bunch, guys.

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  1. Typical we loose two defenders not even giving a try by Gio and now they’re thriving as you say and we end up getting pumped in all our Champions League Games and all we Needed were defenders who can jump and challenge and head a ball and we’ve been let’s be honest DROSS if you go by our recent results someone somewhere should take the responsibility for that to happe

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