The Tremendous Eagles defender made a giant contribution because the newly topped Scottish champions prevented defeat towards their fiercest rivals
Nigeria worldwide Leon Balogun has despatched Benin and Lesotho a robust warning forward of this month’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers together with his help as Rangers got here again to take a 1-1 draw with everlasting rivals Celtic on Sunday afternoon.
With the newly topped Scottish Premiership kings trailing by a purpose following a 23rd minute strike from Norway worldwide of Moroccan descent Mohamed Elyounoussi, the defender helped the Gers degree issues within the 38th minute within the derby.
Borna Barisic’s nook was met by Balogun at first, after which squeezed the ball on the again submit, with Alfredo Morelos getting the ball over the road within the Outdated Agency fixture because the first-half ended one-goal apiece.
Nevertheless, the sport ended with some extent a chunk as no aspect have been capable of finding a winner. Though the sport was a dead-rubber encounter for Steven Gerrard’s crew, the consequence noticed them lengthen their unbeaten league run to 34 matches.
The previous Wigan, Brighton & Hove Albion and Mainz star was in motion for 56 minutes earlier than he was substituted for Nathan Patterson, whereas his compatriot performed for 77 minutes earlier than coming off for Scott Wright.
Elsewhere, South African star Bongani Zungu – who’s on mortgage from French aspect Amiens – was an unused substitute within the low-scoring affair.
Celtic interim boss John Kennedy spoke in discontent regarding what was a dominant efficiency from his gamers.
“I’m upset with the consequence, primarily as a result of I assumed we must always have received it,” he advised Celtic TV. “The extent of efficiency was good, we created a variety of good possibilities and scored an important purpose.
“Rangers, aside from the set play, that they had one or two little second the place they brought on a little bit of issues in our field, simply by placing the ball in there.”
The 32-year-old and Aribo are anticipated to hitch the remainder of the Tremendous Eagles squad on Monday because the three-time African champions sort out the Squirrels and Crocodiles subsequent week for a spot in Cameroon 2022.
Gernot Rohr’s males at the moment lead Group L with eight factors from 4 video games. The West African aspect want at the very least a win to ensure their place within the biennial African soccer showpiece.