By Jack Cunningham

7th Oct, 2021 | 7:40pm

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard wants to keep Leon Balogun

Steven Gerrard wants to keep Leon Balogun at Rangers despite his contract expiring in June 2022.

The 33-year-old has become a key part of the 41-year-old’s side, and according to the Scottish Sun, Gerrard is keen on keeping him beyond this season.

Balogun joined from Wigan Athletic on a free and has made 38 appearances for the club, including 28 last season as the Gers went unbeaten in the SPFL.

Reliable Balogun.

It could be argued that the Nigerian centre-back is the Gers’ most consistent defender, and to keep him as part of the squad could be a big boost.

The defender has made a huge impression at Ibrox and has been described as “outstanding” by Alan Hutton [Football Insider].

So, you can see why Gerrard wants him to stay, and this seems like it could be an easy contract to sort out for the Bears as you would think he would want to stay, and Gerard wants to keep him.

There could be issues with Connor Goldson, but you would think that Balogun should be a much easier deal to sort out, which will be great for the Gers.

He is a reliable and experienced player who deserves a new deal after being such a strong player for Rangers in his time in Glasgow so far.

With the likes of Filip Helander suffering from injury problems, and Jack Simpson nowhere near proving good enough since arriving from Bournemouth, having solid, reputable options such as Balogun for more regular game time is brilliant.

In other Rangers news, one player was forced to make a huge journey this week.