Rangers sign Nigerian international defender Leon Balogun

The 32-year-old international centre-back has joined Steven Gerrard's squad ahead of the new season.

Rangers sign Nigerian international defender Leon Balogun

Rangers have signed former Brighton defender Leon Balogun.

The centre-back was a free agent after a short spell with English Championship side Wigan.

Balogun, 32, has now signed a one-year deal to join Steven Gerrard’s squad before the start of the season next week.

Gerrard said: “Leon has just finished a round of competitive fixtures with Wigan so will hit the ground running.

“He’s a positive and bright character and we are looking forward to his influence around the group.”

Rangers made their move after losing Croatian defender Niko Katic to a long-term knee injury.

Nigerian international Balogun has 32 caps and has spent most of his club career in Germany.

He made a handful of Premier League appearances after signing for Brighton in 2018, scoring once.

Rangers still want to bolster their attacking options before the Premiership gets under way on August 1.