Super Eagles and Rangers defender, Leon Balogun has revealed that Steven Gerrard’s communication skill with the players was the force behind the club’s success last season.
Balogun enjoyed a successful debut season in Scotland in 2020-21 as the former Liverpool midfielder guided the Gers to win their 55th Premiership title, without losing a match.
“Sometimes it feels like he (Gerrard) is just your pal or one of your teammates,” Balogun told the Beautiful Game Podcast.
“He has the banter with you but then he just knows how to switch. He doesn’t have to scream at us. Sometimes he just has to give you that look and you know, you’re not going to mess it up now because you don’t want to get that look and be the one.
“It helps that he (Gerrard) is a legend himself but also the way he treats his players, and not just him but Mick Beale, he does an amazing job, TC (Tom Culshaw), Gary McAllister.
“They all do their parts. The way they treat you as a human being first and foremost. They understand how to manage their players and that makes it easier. Especially with the manager, Steven Gerrard,” he added.
After an impressive debut campaign with the Scottish top-flight club, Balogun was handed another one-year contract in April that will keep him at the Ibrox until the end of the 2021-22 campaign.