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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE 

Super Eagles and Rangers centre back, Leon Balogun express happiness after making his full competitive debut and start the season with 3 points & a clean sheet for his new club at the weekend.

There was the good, bad and ugly for the Nigerian international on his debut and he admitted he was unhappy with a nasty challenge from Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna.

That heavy challenge left Balogun requiring medical attention on a head knock and he open up to Herald Scotland an online platform, that he failed to get up after being shoved into the goal post at a Matt Kennedy corner kick in the second half.

" I wanted to get up, but I couldn't, It wasn't quite lights out but a little bit tough for me. I carried on playing and it wasn't too bad. Maybe I'll get some dizziness and a headache but I have tablets for that so it's okay.

" I think it was McKenna who pushed me into the goal post. Was I unhappy with the challenge? Obviously, because it shouldn't have happened. But then again I didn't die so it's okay. 

" It's part of the game so I think about it like a message for me “welcome to Scottish football“. If that's what it is then I just need to get used to it and make sure I don't get caught out next time."

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The 32-year-old only continued after receiving treatment and helped Steven Gerrard's side to record a narrow 1-0 victory in their opening Premiership match of the 2020/21 season and was deservedly lauded by his fellow Rangers players in the dressing room following the final whistle after helping them keep a clean sheet.

" It was special for me to get a round of applause from my teammates," he said. They told me this is a tough place to make your debut so I'm happy.

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I am just happy I was able to perform in the way I performed. That said, you are only as good as your last match so I need to rest up ahead of the next game. I want to help the group be successful.

" I enjoyed the game a lot. I was looking forward to getting started. The second half was maybe not what we wanted but it's always great to start the season with a win. As a defender, it's also good to get a clean sheet. We accomplished that so it's a good start for us."

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