Noel Whelan claims Rangers boss Steven Gerrard’s “biggest fear” may have been realised after Leon Balogun hobbled off while on international duty with Nigeria.

However, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker is adamant that the Light Blues have a deep enough squad to cope with the potential loss of the 32-year-old.

According to Premium Times Nigeria, the Gers defender left Nigeria’s 4-4 draw with Sierra Leone on Friday with an apparent injury problem.

The summer arrival from Wigan Athletic has already missed four games this season due to injury.

Connor Goldson and Filip Helander will be expected to start Sunday’s fixture against Aberdeen if Balogun is not fit to start.

When asked by Football Insider for his reaction to the recent injury news, Whelan said:

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“This is the danger of having this break. There has been a lot of football played up until this point and then they are also travelling, training and playing international games.

“This will have been Steven Gerrard’s biggest fear while his players were away – injuries.

“It has been a very intensive period with such a short break at the end of last season. The games have come thick and fast.

 

“Gerrard is in a good place though and as much as he will miss a key player in Balogun he has built a squad over the two years he has been at Ibrox. They are there to combat that.

“Rangers are in a really good place. They are flying and although he will be a loss, Steven Gerrard will trust that the players out on the pitch can do the job.”   

In other news, Rangers are “very keen” to agree blockbuster deal by 1 January as talks lined up.