Former Celtic & Brighton & Hove Albion defender Adam Virgo has praised Rangers supervisor Steven Gerrard for making Leon Balogun carry out at his finest.
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 League One, and his contributions have helped him safe the first main title of his profession with the Gers who have been crowned champions of the Scottish top-flight.
In his evaluation of Balogun’s affect up to now, Virgo highlighted how the Nigeria worldwide has fought for a spot in Gerrard’s group 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 global who moved to an English Premier League aspect however he wasn’t a excessive profile signing,” the 38-year-old informed Daily Record.
“That’s the place Steven Gerrard and Gary McAllister deserve large credit score as a result of Rangers have been excellent defensively and it’s testomony to them as a training workers as that wasn’t their aspect of the sport as gamers.
“However if you’ve received gamers like Alfredo Morelos in your aspect who can rating then the defensive aspect 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 will need to 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 first rate run within the Europa League video games the place Rangers had a powerful run and you may clearly see Steven Gerrard has received one of the best out of him.
“He’s 32 and helps with the youthful gamers as effectively so I’m positive Nathan Patterson shall be studying from him regardless that Leon isn’t a pure proper again.”