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Rangers: Leon Balogun was van Bronckhorst’s real star man

Gio van Bronckhorst’s Rangers got themselves back to winning ways in the Premiership as they won 1-0 on Wednesday night.

The Gers went into the match off the back of two draws in succession in the division and were able to overcome their woes by picking up all three points this time around.

They took the lead in the first few minutes as Alfredo Morelos brilliantly dinked the ball over the top of the defence for Glen Kamara to slot past the goalkeeper and make it 1-0.

Morelos then hit the post before half-time and Scott Arfield missed a huge opportunity to make it two in the second, as the away side had to settle for just the one goal.

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St Johnstone threatened at times without causing Allan McGregor any major issues as Rangers were able to secure the clean sheet and the three points.

Forget Kamara

Whilst Kamara scored the winning goal and put in a solid shift in midfield, Leon Balogun was undoubtedly van Bronckhorst’s real star man on the night.

The Nigeria international was brought into the side to play alongside Connor Goldson after the failed experiment of playing John Lundstram at the back against Motherwell. He showed his quality to stop St. Johnstone from creating any clear-cut opportunities and proved that he should be playing regularly when available.

Defensively, he was a machine at the back, truly living up the tag of a “superhuman”, given to him by Wigan journalist Paul Kendrick.

As per SofaScore, he won three of his four ground duels and five of his eight aerial battles – eight in total. This shows that he was on top of the opposition in the majority of his duels and did not allow himself to be dominated physically.

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He also made an impressive four interceptions as he read the game brilliantly to break up the play all night, whilst adding five clearances and two tackles. The centre-back was a constant thorn in St. Johnstone’s side as they were met with a brick wall when they attempted to attack the Rangers goal, showing why he was crucial to the side.

It is now down to the veteran to ensure that he can keep himself fit between now and the end of the campaign. If he can do that and continue to deliver performances in this vein then he could have a major say in whether or not the Gers are able to give Celtic a run for their money in the title race, as his defending helped to seal the win on Wednesday.

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