Rangers defender Leon Balogun takes another swing at Mick Beale

Rangers defender Leon Balogun takes another swing at Mick Beale
All smiles in training, (Credit Rangers FC)

Leon Balogun has repeated his previous criticism of former ‘manager’ Michael Beale by suggesting the ex-boss and his spell were a ‘dark cloud’ and his own lack of involvement was a ‘punch in the gut’.

The Nigerian, who has never been shy to expose the truth, was speaking before Rangers travel to Pittodrie for a huge showdown, and when talking about the last time the two faced each other, pulled no punches of his own.

He said:

“I wasn’t involved the last time we played them but that was a massive kick in the face, a punch in the gut. The team was very down. There was a very dark cloud around the dressing room which feels like it has now lifted.”

Yes, there was. And there’s no denying the dark cloud, Beale, is very much gone from the building and things are much much brighter under Philippe Clement.

He went on:

“There will probably always be an element of, ‘Right, last game we know how it went, so let’s make sure it doesn’t happen again. I don’t want to call it revenge but it never sits nicely if you suffer defeat. We haven’t actually spoken about it as a group but I’m sure most of the lads will have it at the back of their mind.”

There’s rarely been a Rangers Aberdeen league match this hyped in recent memory, but with all the implications on this one, it’s no wonder it’s capturing the imagination big time.

And he also admits, while watering it down a little, that Aberdeen do raise their game v Rangers:

“I think every team tries harder against us, always. So with all due respect that’s nothing new really. We all know that, especially from the Aberdeen side, there’s a great value to that game because of the rivalry. You always know up there that it’s not going to be pretty. They’re going to make it hard for you.”

Rivalry yes – Ibrox Noise has explained there’s just more niggle between these two clubs than there is for the Dons v Celtic – it all started with Simpson Durrant and never let up.

And hopefully Balogun starts and helps put right a few wrongs tomorrow.

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  1. Yes lets have an early christmas pressy the mora with the 3 points with them lot slipping up at home😂😂😂
    Key stats
    General play
    20 Shots 6
    4 Shots on target 2
    81% Possession 19%
    735 Passes 180
    89% Pass accuracy 51%
    8 Fouls 9
    1 Yellow cards 4
    0 Red cards 0
    1 Offsides 0
    13 Corners
    You only need to have 19% of the baw to take a draw off them😂😂😂 love it

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