The Liverpool legend has been credited for the function he performed in getting the Tremendous Eagles centre-back settle in Glasgow in his first season
Former Celtic and Brighton & Hove Albion defender Adam Virgo has praised Rangers supervisor Steven Gerrard for making Leon Balogun carry out at his greatest.
The 32-year-old has been a key participant within the Gers’ defensive set-up this season with 28 appearances throughout all competitions which embody 19 video games within the Premiership.
Balogun joined Rangers final July following Wigan Athletic’s relegation to the League One, and his contributions have helped him safe the primary main title of his profession with the Gers who’ve been topped champions of the Scottish top-flight.
In his evaluation of Balogun’s influence to date, Virgo highlighted how the Nigeria worldwide has fought for a spot in Gerrard’s staff after struggles within the Premier League with Brighton and the way he’s serving to youthful gamers along with his presence.
“I wouldn’t say Rangers took a punt on Leon Balogun as a result of he’s a world who moved to an English Premier League facet however he wasn’t a excessive profile signing,” the 38-year-old advised Day by day File.
“That’s the place Steven Gerrard and Gary McAllister deserve enormous credit score as a result of Rangers have been excellent defensively and it’s testomony to them as a training employees as that wasn’t their facet of the sport as gamers.
“However once you’ve received gamers like Alfredo Morelos in your facet who can rating then the defensive facet wins you the league and this season, they’ve gained some tight video games the place they’ve needed to actually stick in and preserve these clear sheets and Leon has been a giant a part of that.
“Credit score to him as a result of he should have taken a giant knock being launched from Brighton to Wigan in League One and now to have a Scottish Premiership winners’ medal.
“And it’s not like he’s been a bit-part participant. He had respectable run within the Europa League video games the place Rangers had a robust run and you’ll clearly see Steven Gerrard has received the perfect out of him.
“He’s 32 and helps with the youthful gamers as properly so I’m certain Nathan Patterson shall be studying from him although Leon isn’t a pure proper again.”