By Wayne Veysey

20th Feb, 2021 | 8:00am

Sources: Major update on Balogun future at Rangers after twist

Leon Balogun is set to extend his Rangers contract in the coming weeks, Football Insider has learned.

The Scottish giants are eager to tie down the centre-back, 32, to a new deal before his current one-year agreement expires at the end of the season.

Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that there is a clause in Balogun’s agreement automatically triggering a one-year extension if he makes a set number of appearances in this campaign.

That number is believed to be around the 25-match mark, a target Balogun could hit by early next month if he avoids injury.

Rangers are in the middle of a packed fixture schedule that will become even more intense if they secure a place in the Europa League last-16.

That looks highly likely after Thursday’s thrilling 4-3 last-32 epic first leg against Royal Antwerp in Belgium.

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Balogun played most of that match at right-back after replacing the injured James Tavernier after 24 matches.

He could now be set for an extended run in the less familiar position following Nathan Patterson’s Covid-19 breach that leaves his Ibrox career in major doubt.

Balogun has made 22 appearances for Rangers since joining on a free transfer last summer following his Wigan Athletic exit.

The experienced defender turns 33 in June but is highly regarded by Steven Gerrard and keen to extend his Ibrox stay.

Balogun has spent most of the season competing with Filip Helander to be Connor Goldson’s regular centre-back starting partner.

In other news, the Rangers plan for Ofoborh arrival revealed as Zungu is frozen out.