Leon Balogun held Rangers back against Celtic on Sunday and they looked a lot better side when Nathan Patterson was introduced, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England striker insisted Steven Gerrard will not be happy with his side’s performances in the 1-1 draw.

First-choice right-back and captain James Tavernier has been out with injury since February and Nathan Patterson was only fit enough for the bench at Parkhead.


It meant centre-back Balogun was given the nod and after winning just 50 per cent of his duels, putting in no crosses and completing no dribbles (Wyscout), he was replaced before the hour mark.

Asked whether Balogun’s presence at right-back limited Rangers’ usual free-flowing attacking football, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Definitely.

“I’ve played in teams where you’ve got a centre-back at right-back. They find it very uncomfortable, they don’t know what positions to be in, they’re not as good on the ball, they’re not as good defending one v one out wide.

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“It definitely had a negative effect.

“When Steven Gerrard changed it late on, Patterson didn’t better.

“I think Steven Gerrard will just be happy to not lose the game because he won’t have been happy with the performance.”


Balogun’s best moment of the match came when he provided the assist as Alfredo Morelos nodded in the equaliser and broke his duck against Celtic.

The Nigerian met a corner from Borna Barisic and Morelos turned in at the back post just before half-time.

In other news, an ex-FIFA referee has blasted Scott Brown as he tries to shift blame via Sky amid Rangers v Celtic controversy.