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Alex McLeish has reacted to the blow that Rangers defender Leon Balogun could miss the rest of the season through injury.

The Nigerian international is expected to be missing for numerous weeks after Steven Gerrard shared he was suffering from calf and achilles problems.

McLeish insisted that with the Scottish Premiership already won, this could have been much worst than initially feared for the Bears.

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Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “The biggest job has been done, and it will be saved by that.

“Nobody wants to lose any players through injury, but when you consider the demands on the players, then it’s no surprise.

“Balogun is a tough defender, he’s got pace and a calm head on him. He’s had a great season, filling in a full-back at times, but if they lost him now until the end of the season, the only positive is that he’ll be raring to go.”

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Adam Virgo, who knew Balogun from his time at Brighton has claimed that despite not being a high-profile signing, Gerrard has transformed the defender into an “outstanding” performer.

The Nigerian has played a huge role despite initially being brought in as a rotation option behind Conor Goldson and Filip Helander.

Balogun has overtaken his Swedish counterpart at times, and nailed down a starting spot, with his speed a real weapon defensively for the Bears.

McLeish is right though if there was ever a perfect time for a big blow, it is after title number 55 was sealed in Glasgow.

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