Balogun signs new contract with Rangers

Uba Group

BY ANDREW EKEJIUBA                    

Nigeria international center back Leon Balogun has ended speculation about his future ahead of the opening of the transfer window after signing a new deal until the summer of 2022 with Scottish Premiership champions Glasgow Rangers.

Balogun was offered a new contract by the Light Blues after playing a key role as the club secured their 55th league title.

Since joining Rangers as a free agent last summer, the former Mainz and Brighton & Hove man has played 28 games in all competitions and provided three assists to his teammates.

In his first words after putting pen to paper, Balogun told reporters: “Today is a very happy day and a very proud day announcing my contract has been extended for another year.

“I am proud to be a part of this amazing club and I felt that pretty early on I had fallen in love with the club and the working environment, the way the players and the management staff work and the way the club is a big family, I am happy and proud that I can call myself a Rangers player.

“I am happy to be a part of the team that won the league, but what we have been saying recently is we are just getting started and I am happy that I can be a part of this. I said a few weeks in to one of my family; I wish I had been at a club and an environment like this early-on in my career.

“I am very, very happy and proud that this can now be announced. One thing too, I was never going to leave before witnessing a full Ibrox Stadium, and if everyone was happy, I was going to stay.”

Apart from the aforementioned teams, Balogun lists Werder Bremen, Hannover, Fortuna Düsseldorf, Türkiyemspor Berlin, Wigan Athletic and SV Darmstadt 98 as his previous clubs.