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Sport Leon Balogun turns Rangers fan as former star takes in Union SG clash at Ibrox and delivers verdict

11:31  10 august  2022
11:31  10 august  2022 Source:   glasgowlive.co.uk

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Leon Balogun turned from Rangers player to fan as he took in the Champions League comeback win over Union Saint-Gilloise from the bouncing Ibrox stands.

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Giovanni van Bronckhorst's men earned a crack at PSV in the play-off round of the competition with the lucrative group stages and taking on Europe's elite the massive prize on offer after turning the tie with the Belgians on its head.

The visitors arrived in Glasgow with a two-goal advantage but James Tavernier's penalty and headers from Antonio Colak and Malik Tillman secured another memorable night under the lights at Ibrox on the European stage.

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Former defender Balogun was part of the squad that went all the way to the Europa League Final last season before losing out in heartbreaking circumstances in Seville after a shootout defeat to Bundesliga outfit Frankfurt. His deal was up at the end of the campaign and despite making it known of his desire to remain at the club, a deal was not put on the table and the stopper departed. However, he still has much love for his former club as he watched on from the stands last night.

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Balogun took to social media at full-time as anthem 'I'm feeling it' rang out with the fans celebrating the 3-0 success. In the second clip he zoomed in on the big screen at the ground displaying the score line and captioned his video with three fire emojis.

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A two-legged showdown with the Dutch giants is next up, with Van Bronckhorst looking forward to going up against many familiar faces. The first meeting takes place in Glasgow next week with the return in the Netherlands a week later.

The Rangers boss said: “It is familiar. It is a familiar team for me. It’s great to see Ruud van Nistelrooy again and there will be so many familiar faces on the bench.

"Fred Witten who was my assistant at Feyenoord a couple of years ago as well. Ooijer who I played with in the national team. It’s a familiar place for me so it will be nice to be back in Holland for a couple of days after so many months in Glasgow.

“We are going to prepare well it is a big chance for us to take the last hurdle and be a team who can play Champions League this season.”

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