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Leon Balogun: Rangers to re-sign defender following Leon King injury

Leon Balogun is set to become Rangers' seventh summer signing; the Nigerian international won the Scottish Premiership and Scottish Cup during two seasons at Ibrox; the defender's arrival comes following a serious ankle injury suffered by Leon King

Leon Balogun
Image: Leon Balogun is set to return to Rangers

Defender Leon Balogun is set to rejoin Rangers pending a successful medical at the Ibrox club.

The 35-year-old's return comes after an ankle injury suffered by Leon King on Tuesday, which will rule the youngster out for a 'significant period of time'.

Balogun, who won the Scottish Premiership and Scottish Cup during his two seasons in Glasgow, made no secret of his desire to remain at the club but departed last summer when his contract was not renewed.

The Nigerian international went on to join QPR last season and despite training with the club this summer, posted a farewell message on Wednesday following the expiry of his deal at Loftus Road.

He said: "Thank you to everyone at QPR - the staff, the players and you the supporters.

"Despite everything that has happened throughout this very difficult season, I've really enjoyed my time at the club.

"I'm wishing you nothing but the best for the future you Rsss."

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Leon Balogun left Rangers to join QPR last summer
Image: Leon Balogun joined QPR last summer after his Rangers deal ended

Manager Michael Beale was involved in bringing the experienced defender to Ibrox during his first stint and is still hopeful of making further additions to his squad this summer.

Rangers have signed six players in this window, with interest remaining in Nottingham Forest defender Jonathan Panzo and Los Angeles FC midfielder Jose Cifuentes.

As well as more new additions expected this summer, the club are also understood to be open to offers for Antonio Colak, Glen Kamara and Scott Wright.

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Rangers will start the 2023/24 Scottish Premiership season with a trip to face Kilmarnock at Rugby Park, in a game live on Sky Sports.

Beale's side will then play the first leg of their Champions League third qualifying round on either August 8 or 9, before returning to league action with the visit of Livingston to Ibrox on August 12. The second leg of their European tie will be played on August 15.

Should Rangers progress to the play-off round, the first leg will take place on either August 22 or 23, with the second leg on August 29 or 30.

The first two Old Firm games of the campaign will take place in front of the Sky Sports cameras, with the first on September 3 and the second on December 30. The third meeting before the split is scheduled for April 6.

The winter break will return on January 3, the day after Rangers host Kilmarnock, and will end on January 19.

Following the round of matches on April 13, the division splits in half, with the top six teams playing one another once and the bottom six teams doing the same. The final day of the season will take place on the weekend of May 18/19.

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