Giovanni Van Bronckhorst defends Leon Balogun amidst suspension

Rangers manager Giovanni Van Bronckhorst has backed Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun, who was sent off in the 28th minute of Rangers’ 3-1 win against Motherwell.

Giovanni Van Bronckhorst defends Leon Balogun amidst suspension

Balogun was sent off for the first time this season, but the Gers battled back to win the game.

Rangers manager Giovanni Van Bronckhorst has backed Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun, who was sent off in the 28th minute of Rangers’ 3-1 win against Motherwell.

Balogun received his first red card of the season following a clumsy tackle on Dean Cornelius by referee Nick Walsh 28 minutes into their match against Motherwell.

Despite this, the Gers dug deep and scored two goals in the second half to win 3-1 at Fir Park.

Van Bronckhorst, Rangers’ manager, disagreed with Walsh’s ruling, believing Balogun’s tackle was not intentional and that he was trying for the ball.

MOTHERWELL, SCOTLAND – APRIL 23: Rangers’ Leon Balogun (R) is sent off by referee Nick Walsh for a challenge on Motherwell’s Dean Cornelius during a cinch Premiership match between Motherwell and Rangers at Fir Park, on April 23, 2022, in Motherwell, Scotland. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Get

“Leon wanted to win the tackle,” Van Bronckhorst told Rangers website.

“in these circumstances, the margins are very little, so the ref decided to give the red card, and we had to respect that, move on and make sure we had the focus on the minutes that we had to play after that sending off.”

Balogun has been a key player for Rangers this season, appearing in 33 games across all competitions.

Rangers face RB Leipzig in the first leg of their Europa League quarterfinal clash on Thursday, and the Super Eagles star is still eligible for selection.

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