Leon Balogun and his return to Michael Beale’s Rangers

Leon Balogun and his return to Michael Beale’s Rangers
Rangers' Nigerian defender Leon Balogun celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the UEFA Europa League group A football match between Rangers and Brondby at the Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow on October 21, 2021. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

So we’re taking this one head on – is Leon Balogun returning to Rangers in what would be a very popular addition to the side following his unwanted exit in the summer?

Balogun sees his old boss at both Rangers and QPR Michael Beale as new Rangers manager and a torrent of fans are putting 2+2=4 on this one as well as the fact the big Nigerian missed a recent QPR match for mysterious reasons.

So it seems like everyone just assumes Balogun will be coming back to Rangers.

This rests on two things:

1: Michael Beale actually wanting his trusty stopper back at Ibrox.

2: Ross Wilson not making the call, as he seemingly did in the first place to let Balogun go.

If Beale is to have full autonomy over transfers and incoming and outgoing, then we expect if he wants Balogun back at Rangers, then it’ll happen, assuming Leon himself favours a return to Scotland.

Of course, will he? Balogun may well have a bit of a bone to pick with those who let him go from Rangers in the first place, whether it was indeed Ross Wilson or Giovanni van Bronckhorst. If it was actually the latter, then the issue is a moot one, with the Dutchman gone.

But Wilson is more likely to have made that call, and he’s still very much at Ibrox, and if he released Balogun, then Beale getting the defender back will undermine the Director of Football rather significantly.

But then, Balogun’s return wouldn’t prove anything – no one at Ibrox is going to definitively reveal who had the final say on Balogun’s exit, and Beale can be happy having his trusty stormtrooper with him.

As would most Rangers fans at seeing him back.

But end of the day, we have no idea if the former Werder stopper is either interested in coming back, or if the club/Beale want him back.

If both are positives, then getting a deal done would be easy as pie. He’s got no value, and QPR have no desire to keep an unhappy player.

He may be returning, but it’s not just as easy as one two three.

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