SUPER Eagles centreback Leon Balogun has indicated that he plans to extend his stay at Scottish Premier League giants Glasgow Rangers at the end of the season when his contract is expires because he is enjoying his time at the club.
Balogun, 32, joined Rangers on a one-year deal last July from English Premier League side Brighton with the Glasgow club having the option to extend his stay for a further year. Since moving to Scotland, the defender has been immense, establishing himself as one of the pillars of the team, alongside compatriot Joe Aribo.
Delighted with Balogun’s form, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has decided to exercise the option of retaining the player for at least another season. It now appears that Balogun is also happy with the arrangement as the player has hinted that he will put pen to paper when a new offer is presented to him.
Balogun said: “I am playing for an amazing club and this season so far has been going really well for me. So, yes, I just hope it keeps going, I hope I can keep the momentum going and we can then at one point announce that we pulled the trigger.
“Obviously it is under some confidentiality but it is getting closer and closer. Let’s just say I am quite confident that my time with Rangers is not over after this season.”
After enduring a torrid time in the English Premier league with Brighton, Balogun has revived his career with Rangers, earning him a recall to the Super Eagles. Gernot Rohr, Nigeria’s head coach is expected to invite Balogun to camp be for 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against the Benin Republic on March 22 and Lesotho on March 30.
Originally signed to provide injury cover for Nikola Katic, Balogun has been nothing short of a revelation since joining on a free last year. He has not only established himself as a regular starter but also as a fans’ favourite.