Gio van Bronckhorst looks set for a big Rangers lift over Ibrox defender Leon Balogun heading into the summer transfer window…
According to The Scotsman, the Gers centre-back has ‘intimated’ that he wants to extend his stay in Glasgow beyond this summer.
His current deal expires ahead of the 2022/23 campaign and the club are set to hold talks with him in the coming days and weeks to thrash out fresh terms.
Gers supporters will be buzzing with this news for multiple reasons.
Firstly, it indicates that Balogun wants to stay at Rangers. The fans will be pleased by that, as it shows that he is committed to the club and passionate about playing for them, which has been evident in his strong performances on the pitch as he spares no effort in matches.
Balogun wears his heart on his sleeve with crunching challenges and lung-busting recoveries. Supporters surely want to see players who give their all for the team and the Nigeria international certainly does that, with this latest update reaffirming his love for the Gers.
They will also be buzzing as keeping the defender at Ibrox will be a huge boost because of what he can do on the pitch next season. He is an experienced, quality operator in the Scottish top flight and he will no doubt be a crucial player for Van Bronckhorst again next term if he puts pen to paper on a new deal.
The 33-year-old has played 40 Premiership matches since the start of the 2020/21 campaign and helped the team to keep 14 clean sheets in that time. He has won an impressive 61% of his total duels since arriving in Scotland, which proves that he is able to deal with the physicality of the league.
His European form will also come in handy for Rangers’ Champions League qualifiers this summer. In the Europa League, Balogun averaged an excellent SofaScore rating of 6.96 across 10 appearances in the competition as the club made it all the way to the final before losing on penalties to Eintracht Frankfurt in Seville.
He made a whopping 3.5 tackles and interceptions per game at the heart of the defence, being a rock in Europe for Van Bronckhorst. This suggests that he will be a brilliant option to call upon again in 2022/23, both domestically and on the continent, and that is why fans will be delighted with this claim on Balogun’s future.