Rangers have made a swift move to re-sign Leon Balogun after Leon King was ruled out long term and Dujon Sterling also sustained a knock. The Nigerian defender, 35, was a very unpopular exit under Giovanni van Bronckhorst, who made the call as confirmed by Balogun himself, and with the youngster’s untimely injury, the door is open for an easy return for the ex-Wigan man who Rangers manager Michael Beale of course took south to Loftus Road with him.
Ibrox Noise has been discussing the big man’s return for quite some time, we explained to you that it was a very likely thing to happen albeit we’d expected it in January, and we now assess what it means and its implications.
Initially, it is indeed to cover Leon King and Dujon Sterling’s injuries, because for his part King was previously Rangers’ only backup defender fit behind John Souttar and Ben Davies, itself a pretty precarious situation, but it could mean more down the line.
Sterling is both a RB and a CB, and Balogun can cover both positions with ease.
If Balogun was to keep fit and remain healthy this time rather than the frequent injuries he sustained, he’s the best defender in the SPFL bar none, with only John Souttar and, yes, Vickers over ‘there’ pushing him for that honour.
Balogun has pace, power, reading, height, and we’re all still looking for that wee Kyoto guy from the east end after he got trapped in the Nigerian’s pocket.
Being serious, the decision is a no-risk one. Balogun’s wages are modest, and he absolutely loved loved LOVED his time at Ibrox – he did not want to leave, and he’d be thrilled with the chance to come home.
But there’s a slight catch. And it’s those injuries.
Ibrox Noise did not completely object to his being released, because he was so injury-prone – the club’s decision was understandable even if it was a sore one for the fans and the player.
But of course we are now giggling at the reaction of some of the fans, which we’ll cover in a later entry.
Medical notwithstanding, Balogun will be a Rangers player again pretty soon.