Rangers

It is a “formality” for Leon Balogun to sign a new Rangers contract, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Gers defender and lifelong fan at Ibrox, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 32-year-old had done enough to earn himself another year in Glasgow as he has “massive” trust from Steven Gerrard.

Football Insider has learned Balogun has an appearance-based extension clause in his contract which looks likely to be triggered before the season is over.

The summer signing, who joined Rangers on a free after leaving Wigan Athletic last year, has played 23 times across all competitions this season.

Primarily a centre-back, the Nigeria international has recently filled in for the injured James Tavernier on the right-hand side of the defence.

Hutton insisted Balogun has proven his worth during his time at Ibrox and suggested he had earned a lot of trust from Steven Gerrard.

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Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: He’s only got a couple of games to go and he’s obviously going to reach that.

“I don’t think that was ever really in doubt that he would reach it because he has been playing kind of regularly, even though it’s between him and Helander, it just depends.

“I think he’s shown everybody out there that he is well worth the extra year, he gives a lot and he’s now versatile, as he’s now shown to everybody.

“Gerrard trusts him, that’s a massive part of it as well.

“If you trust the players then you want to have them around the building, so I think you’re right, it’s a formality and I’m sure they’ll trigger that for next year.”

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