Heart and Hand, the official club partner of Rangers, have confessed that they think the signing of Leon Balogun is a “weird one” after his comeback was confirmed.
The Nigerian international has come back to Ibrox on a one-year-contract, just one year after being let go by Giovanni van Bronckhorst and joining Michael Beale at Queens Park Rangers.
The experienced defender has been brought back after young Leon King sustained a serious injury, but despite the circumstances behind the deal the podcast still think it’s an odd deal.
“I loved big Leon and this will purely be for cover in an emergency after King’s injury but still seems a strange one,” they wrote on their personal Twitter account (12 July).
It’s understandable that some may see this as a strange deal, but to us it looks like a much more reasonable deal on the face of things.
Balogun is a player who is familiar with the expectations and challenges of Rangers, and he also has a good relationship with the manager having worked with him as an assistant in his first spell at Ibrox and then in the Championship in his first role as the main boss.
Now Rangers need support in their defensive areas because of a long-term injury, and that wouldn’t have been planned for in the budget.
So bringing in someone that knows the club and manager well and won’t need much time to adapt, as well as the fact that he will be on low wages and there’s no transfer fee makes it a clever move on short notice.
Everyone will be glad to see him, the manager knows what to get and fans get a familiar face to support. Everyone is happy.