By Noel Whelan

28th Jul, 2020 | 9:47am

'I feel sorry for him' - Exclusive: Whelan reacts as Rangers agree deal for defender

Noel Whelan has claimed Rangers still need to strengthen despite the signing of Wigan defender Leon Balogun on Friday.

The former Leeds United and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, admitted he feels sorry for Latics boss Paul Cook after his side’s relegation.

The club has serious financial issues and is being forced to sell players.

The Gers confirmed the signing of the 32-year-old on a free transfer last week.

Balogun, who spent the second half of the 2019/20 campaign on loan at Wigan from Premier League side Brighton, put pen to paper on a one-year contract at Ibrox.

The Nigeria international played a major role in trying to save the Latics but the 12 points docked for entering administration were enough to relegate the Championship side.

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When asked by Football Insider if was a smart signing from Steven Gerrard, Whelan said: “They are making the most of a bad situation at Wigan.

“They have stepped in and got Balogun early doors and that is what they need. Their season starts in less than a week.

“They have got their core of players but they still need to strengthen. The Championship is a good hunting ground for Rangers.”

Talking about Wigan manager Paul Cook, Whelan added, “I feel sorry for him, I really do but Wigan need the money. That is where they are at. It is a good time to raid them, so to speak, Rangers have done that.”

Gerrard told the club’s website: “He is an experienced centre half who will add strength and depth to our squad.”

The Gers were in the market for a centre-half after they were rocked by the news Nikola Katic would be ruled out for the foreseeable future with a knee injury.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that English club have agreed to sign midfielder who quit Ibrox.

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