Where on earth is Leon Balogun, after the all-popular return of the big Nigerian went… frankly a bit south?
While many would make a (bad) argument that Goldson and Davies are Rangers’ best pair, few would make a believable argument that Balogun isn’t a good defender.
He and John Souttar formed an outstanding partnership earlier in the season when Goldson was injured and Davies was trying to force his move out of the club, and yet here we are, with Balogun consigned out of the European squad and not even on the bench, while Souttar is reduced to a sub.
Souttar came on at Ibrox in a curious chance of formation to a back three, but the Scot appears to have lost his place amid a growing myth among some curious Rangers fans who have decided Scotland’s best defender is ‘rubbish’ and to blame for every single goal Rangers conceded when he was in defence.
This is of course absolute nonsense, but some Rangers fans like a scapegoat and he’s become the fashionable new one – and it’s based on the missed header in Eindhoven and the defeat to Killie.
Long-forgotten was Rangers’ best defence – he and Balogun v Livi in which the visitors didn’t have a sniff. Put Souttar next to Goldson and it’s a different story.
Butland is the reason Goldson and Davies haven’t been leaking goals recently – the goalie has had to be in outstanding form.
Not recall in the earlier games we couldn’t really judge or rate Butland because he barely had a save to make?
That was due to Balogun and Souttar.
But now he’s having to do a tonne more.
It’s just one of many decisions we don’t quite understand under this manager, and probably never will.
Balogun must be wishing he’d not bothered ‘coming home’ after all.