Leon Balogun Optimistic About New Contract Talks Following Team Recall

Leon Balogun is optimistic that his recent recall to the team will lead to discussions about a new contract, as he expresses his desire to continue playing at Ibrox.

Balogun, who was unexpectedly included in the starting lineup for Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final against Hearts, replaced the dropped Connor Goldson in the defense. Despite the surprise, the 35-year-old delivered a solid performance, contributing to shutting out Hearts’ striker Lawrence Shankland as Rangers secured a 2-0 victory, booking their place in the final against Celtic next month.

With his current contract set to expire at the end of the season, the clash with Celtic could potentially be Balogun’s last game for Rangers. However, the Nigerian international, now in his second stint with the club, is keen to extend his stay. Despite having yet to enter negotiations for an extension, Balogun remains hopeful about his future with the club.

“I hope so. Has there been talks on my future? Not yet. I really don’t know what will happen. I think those decisions will be made within the club within the next few weeks,” Balogun said when asked if his return to the starting lineup signals a possibility of a new deal.

Reflecting on his inclusion in the semi-final match after a two-month absence, Balogun expressed optimism but acknowledged uncertainty about his future. “I hope I get a notification a bit more timely than the last time around! I would like to think I can be quite positive, touching on the manager choosing me on Sunday, but I can’t really tell you – I don’t know yet.”

Balogun, who previously played for Brighton, Wigan, and QPR, is eager to continue contributing to Rangers’ success but awaits further discussions regarding his future at the club.