By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Super Eagles defender, Leon Aderemi Balogun put up an impressive performance in Rangers Football Club’s 1-0 league opening win over Aberdeen on Saturday, www.kick442.com can report.
Balogun who joined the Scottish side from Wigan Athletic started the opening match of the 2020-2021 Scottish Premiership season alongside the club’s best Young Player of last season and compatriot, Joe Aribo. The duo played full 90 minutes for the Glasgow based side.
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Young stand-in Bruce Anderson was superbly marshalled by a central defence into which summer signing Leon Balogun slotted imperiously to leave lively Aberdeen support man Craig Bryson a frustrated figure.
It took the home side 28 minutes to force Allan McGregor into an easy save from Funso Ojo – and 59 to win their first corner – before Considine’s straight-leg challenge on Scott Arfield damaged their chances further.
Without displaying the intensity of a side desperate to prevent Celtic securing a 10th consecutive league title, Steven Gerrard’s visitors had done enough and it took a fine goal-line clearance from Ash Taylor to prevent Joe Aribo extending the lead in the closing minutes.
Ryan Kent’s strike in the 21st minute sealed victory for Rangers over ten-man Aberdeen.
Rangers next league game will be at home to St Mirren next Sunday after their UEFA Europa League Round of 16 return leg clash with Bayer Leverkusen as they try to overcome a 3-1 deficit.
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