Leon Balogun 'signs' new Rangers contract as veteran defender has Ibrox wish granted

Leon Balogun has penned a contract extension with Rangers, according to a report.

The veteran centre back was due to leave Ibrox when his deal expired on 31 May, but it’s now claimed the Nigerian has put pen to paper on a new agreement which will keep him in Govan until the end of next season. Balogun spoke after Saturday's Scottish Cup Final defeat to Celtic of his desire to remain with the Light Blues, and the 35-year-old has his wish.

He returned for a second Rangers spell last summer, having followed Michael Beale to QPR when the Londoner was appointed as R's boss. That followed a two-year stint at Ibrox under Steven Gerrard when Beale was first team coach. Now Balogun will remain to retain some experience in the Gers backline as Philippe Clement plots a squad overhaul, reports the Scottish Sun.

Rangers' Leon Balogun
Rangers' Leon Balogun -Credit:SNS Group

Connor Goldson has been linked with a move to Saudi Arabia, alongside captain James Tavernier. Borna Barisic looks set to leave in a few weeks, while there will departures in other positions as well.

John Lundstram looks likely to join Barisic in Turkey while Ryan Jack and Kemar Roofe are also out of contract, with the Jamaican having already confirmed his exit. Brazilian left back Jefte has arrived while Panamanian centre back Jose Cordoba is reportedly set to undergo a Rangers medical in the next couple of days.