Steven Gerrard said Leon Balogun is a “bit dizzy” after coming off with a head knock during Rangers’ 3-2 Betfred Cup defeat to St Mirren.

The 32-year-old was withdrawn in the 84th minute on Wednesday as the Gers crashed out at the quarter-final stage against a side 10th in the Scottish Premiership.

Speaking after the game, Gerrard said that Balogun would be analysed on Thursday with an eye on Saturday’s league fixture with Motherwell at Ibrox.


“He is a bit dizzy at the moment so he will be analysed tonight and tomorrow morning and we will make the right decision based on the advice from the medical team,” he told RangersTV.

With Filip Helander absent in recent weeks due to COVID-19, Balogun has become an ever-present at the heart of the Rangers defence alongside Connor Goldson.

Helander was back on the bench against St Mirren and could be thrust back into the starting 11 if the Nigerian international is not ready to return against Motherwell.


A highly valuable piece

Since his summer arrival from Brighton, Balogun has become a very valuable part of this Rangers side and looked to have overtaken Helander in the pecking order prior to the Swede being ruled out. However, head injuries must be treated with extreme caution and Gerrard will be wise to listen carefully to his medical staff before making a decision.

In addition to Helander and the unrelenting Connor Goldson, Calvin Bassey has played at centre-back on occasion this season, although he endured a tough evening against St Mirren and was substituted after just 57 minutes.

Against Motherwell, Goldson and Helander should be more than capable of starting, but with Helander’s last appearance coming for Sweden in mid-November and Goldson yet to miss a game for the Gers this season, Gerrard is looking short of option as he enters the busy Christmas period.

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