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Scottish Giants Rangers Signs Super Eagles Defender Balogun On One-year Deal

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Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun was officially unveiled on Wednesday by Scottish Premiership side, Glasgow Rangers in a one-year deal after departing English Championship outfit, QPR.

Balogun will be making a return to the Gers whom he first joined in 2020 after a torrid spell at Brighton and Hoves Albion in the English Premier League.

The Nigerian alongside another Super Eagles star, Joe Aribo, was instrumental in the title winning runs by Rangers which saw the team wrestle the league crown from rivals Celtic and reached the Europa League final where they lost to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Celtic has however won the subsequent league titles and have recruited a very good team of players with former coach Brendan Rodgers back in the dugout after being out of job for close to a year after his sacking at Leicester City.

The 55-time Scottish Premiership champions Rangers had signed fellow Nigeria international Cyreil Dessers 48 hours earlier.

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Balogun made 16 league appearances for QPR last season.

The Germany-born defender is a contingency plan for his team, as their first-choice centre-back Leon King sustained an ankle injury. He becomes the seventh signing at the club.

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Izuchukwu Okosi is a Nigerian sports and entertainment journalist with two decades of experience in the media industry having begun his media journey in 2002 as an intern at Mundial Sports International (MSI) and Africa Independent Television (AIT), owners of Daar Communications Plc.

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In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.

He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.

Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.

He also undertook freelance writing gigs for some local and international organizations.

Okosi is a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Association of Voiceover Artistes of Nigeria (AVOA), Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).

He has been part of cast in some Nollywood movies and radio dramas including Blood Money 2, Scores To Settle, Dead End 2, Another Campus Tale and Battle Line.

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Aside mainstream media and the entertainment industry, he has interests in scouting/unearthing of talents in the sports and creative sectors, exports business and property development.

Izuchukwu Okosi is a Nigerian sports and entertainment journalist with two decades of experience in the media industry having begun his media journey in 2002 as an intern at Mundial Sports International (MSI) and Africa Independent Television (AIT), owners of Daar Communications Plc.

In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.

He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.

Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.

He also undertook freelance writing gigs for some local and international organizations.

Okosi is a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Association of Voiceover Artistes of Nigeria (AVOA), Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).

He has been part of cast in some Nollywood movies and radio dramas including Blood Money 2, Scores To Settle, Dead End 2, Another Campus Tale and Battle Line.

Aside mainstream media and the entertainment industry, he has interests in scouting/unearthing of talents in the sports and creative sectors, exports business and property development.