The 33-year-old Super Eagle was named the man of the match after his defensive performance beat the Gers on Sunday at their derby.
Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister praised defender Leon Balogun’s performance after a 1-0 win over Celtic in the Old Firm Derby at Ibrox Stadium on Sunday.
As Rangers missed a number of players due to the Covid-19 protocols, the 33-year-old defender from Nigeria was transferred from his usual position as center-back to right-back as a backup for Nathan Patterson, who was isolated, and the player did not disappoint.
Balogun was particularly impressive when he concluded the new Keltic signing, Kyogo Furuhashi, and helped his team score maximum points with the powerful header of Filip Helander in the 66th minute, giving the champions an unforgettable victory over their 49,402 fans gave.
McAllister was impressed by the Super Eagle, who was named man of the match for his outstanding performances, and especially in the way he handled the threat from Furuhashi.
“You would have to say that Leon is clearly signed here as a midfielder, but he thinks very well as a third-choice full-back,” McAllister told the club official. website after the match.
‘I thought today [Saturday] he handled it and defensively showed that he is very capable of playing there against a tough opponent – it was a proper man’s performance.
‘I know this is something that Graeme Souness uses a lot, but it was a proper action by a man.
During the match, Balogun was nicknamed by Rangers fans, who called him ‘Leon Ballon d’Or’.
Balogun then laughed at the nickname suggestion, saying it was something he had never heard before.
“This is a new one,” Balogun told the media Scottish son. ‘I think after we checked in and I realized that the noise just would not stop, I got chicken in my half.
‘It’s incredible to me personally; I like that [nickname] although. I’ve had Cafu and Lucio before, but this one’s a good one.
“For me, it was the first time I met the fans during an old firm, and I would say it feels like I’m addicted.”
Another Nigerian Joe Aribo was also in action for the entire 90 minutes when Rangers ended the unbeaten start of the season with Celtic.