Aston Villa legend Gabriel Agbonlahor believes it is “vital” that Glasgow Rangers keep Leon Balogun at Ibrox beyond this current campaign.

Leon Balogun made the move to the Gers at the start of this season on a one-year deal – he is therefore set to become a free agent in a few months if the club do not use their 12-month extension option.

Speaking to Football Insider, Agbonlahor has urged Ross Wilson and co to give the £720,000-valued 32-year-old a new deal.

He said:

“It’s vital to not split up the defensive part of the team.

“Steven Gerrard will be looking to add to that – maybe add a couple more squad players.

“But definitely he needs to keep the core of that team together.”

Balogun has established himself in the Gers’ defensive set-up since he moved to Glasgow on a short-term deal from Wigan Athletic in July.

His defensive contributions have helped Rangers remain unbeaten in the Premiership this campaign with a 18-point lead at the top of the table.

With 25 appearances across all competitions this campaign, the former Brighton & Hove Albion defender has a clause to extend his stay at Ibrox that could be triggered in the coming weeks.

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