Sports: Nigeria’s Leon Balogun Joins Rangers

Last updated on September 11th, 2021 at 02:37 pm

Nigeria international Leon Balogun has joined Scottish Premiership club Rangers.

The 32-year-old signed for English Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion in 2018 from FSV Mainz, but played just the 12 games for the Seagulls and spent the last six months on-loan at Wigan Athletic.

Balogun quickly became a regular for the Latics, but couldn’t help them avoid relegation to League One. Wigan were deducted 12 points for entering administration and were subsequently relegated from the Championship.

“As things have finally come to an end on this strange season I’d like to say thank you Brighton & Hove Albion & every soul involved for opening the door for me to Premier League football. I’ve felt at ‘home’ from the first second of my time with the Seagulls. Beating Man Utd in the Amex,” Balogun tweeted.

“Having you guys singing my very own chant, playing at Anfield and of course scoring against Palace in front of YOU are memories I’ll carry with me forever. Thank you for making my time in your beautiful city a time I will never forget!

He added: “I also want to say thank you and goodbye to Paul Cook and his staff, the team and the whole Wigan Athletic Family. It’s been a very short & super intense time and I’m happy to have played my part in it.

“The togetherness, the honesty and warmth of the people in and around the club is simply amazing. I would have wished to end my spell with a different outcome, but unfortunately that’s beyond our control now.

“Regardless I will always remember this as a very special time in my career, in a very special place with a very special club full of very special people,” he concluded.

He will join fellow Super Eagle Joe Aribo at Ibrox Stadium