Rangers are perilously close to another defensive crisis

Rangers are perilously close to another defensive crisis
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Leon Balogun of Rangers is challenged by Kenneth Vargas of Heart of Midlothian during the Viaplay Cup Semi Final match between Heart of Midlothian and Rangers at Hampden Park on November 05, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

While we don’t yet know the extent of Leon Balogun’s injury diagnosis, it’s definitely not good and he sure won’t make Aberdeen.

It’s actually being avoided by most Rangers fans that we are one more defensive injury away from a Giovanni van Bronckhorst-esque crisis.

Back in 2022 he was down to Ben Davies, James Sands and Leon King, which really isn’t an iron curtain at the best of times. All of Connor Goldson, John Souttar and Filip Helander were out injured.


If either Souttar or Balogun takes a knock, we have just one single alpha defender available, with only King and Johnly Yfeko as partner.

Rangers are one knock away from having absolutely no worthy defence.

Balogun’s injury really couldn’t have come at a worse time – with Philippe Clement’s side building momentum, part of that has been the consistent defence. Conceding so few goals domestically.

And Leon’s performances have been a big part of that – losing him now is a huge blow, no doubt about that.

Is it game-changing?

The only mercy here is that that lot across the city also have an injury crisis at the back, and their options aren’t great either.

But there’s another 10 sides in the Premiership aside them, and Rangers may have to face quite a few of them with just Goldson and Souttar for now.

But either of these two gets a knock and we’re in trouble for sure.

Results-wise there’s actually not a lot to choose between Goldson and Souttar or Balogun, so Rangers fans don’t need to fear Souttar with the Englishman at the back.

But one sprain and it’s bare bones.

Let’s pray the football Gods keep the pair of them fit.

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