Rangers coach praises Balogun for ‘massive’ performance against Heart


Rangers manager Philippe Clement has highlighted the crucial role played by Leon Balogun in the side’s 2-0 victory over Heart.

Balogun was handed his first start since February in the Scottish Cup semi-final tie.

The centre-back partnered John Souttar at the heart of the Light Blues defence.

The 33-year-old was outstanding in the defence for the Gers as his experience and calmness rubbed off positively on his teammates.

Clement eulogised Balogun for his superlative performance after the game.

“I think he [Leon Balogun] was massive today, he played a really good game in the coaching and in the duels with his hunger and desire, so I know I have four really good centre-backs and this season they have all played,” the coach told Rangers TV.

“That is a thing for the next couple of weeks as a team performance and all going forward together in this chase for the title.”