Balogun ready for new challenge at Rangers

Balogun ready for new challenge at Rangers

Leon Balogun says he’s looking forward to the new Scottish Premiership season and hopes he integrates into the Rangers team as quickly as possible.

 


The Nigeria international joined Rangers on a one-year deal with an option for a further year on Friday.

 

The 32-year-old left Wigan Athletic after the Championship club suffered relegation at the end of the season.

 

Speaking on Rangers TV, Balogun said he can’t wait to get into the thick of action for Steven Gerrard’s side as the new season begins next weekend.

 

“I think it is an advantage for me not to be coming off 14 days or 21 days break so I can come straight to fit into it, work with the team and get to know the team.”

“The league starts next week, so I am looking forward to joining the squad and integrating as quickly as possible.”

 

The defender is also looking forward to playing in front of 50,000 Rangers fans.

 

“Obviously, to have this kind of crowd behind you in every game at home is amazing,”he added.

 

“I have been lucky enough to experience it, or something similar before in my career at some stages.”

 

“I just want to experience it as everyone has been telling me you have no idea just how big it is, and I am looking forward to getting started and getting in touch with them.”

 

“Hopefully, we can have some successes together.”

 

Balogun spent his entire football career in Germany, playing for Turkiyemspor Berlin, Hannover 96, Werder Bremen, Fortuna Dusseldorf, Darmstadt 98, and Mainz, before moving to England in 2018 to link up with Brighton and Hove Albion.

 

After finding game time hard to come by with the Seagulls, he joined Wigan on an initial loan deal in January before the move was later made permanent.

 

Balogun has 32 caps for Nigeria and was part of the Super Eagles team that clinched bronze at the last AFCON in Egypt.

 

 

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