Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst has admitted he brought on Leon Balogun in the closing minutes of his side’s 2-1 road win over Dundee yesterday as he sought to protect the narrow lead.
The Light Blues came from a goal down at halftime to beat Dundee and record a third successive win in the Scottish Premiership.
Christie Elliott headed in a cross to the back post to break the deadlock in the sixth minute and Rangers had to wait until the 64th minute for the equaliser when Juventus loanee Aaron Ramsey chested the ball over the line for his first goal in Rangers colours.
Connor Goldson volleyed home the winner from twelve yards in the 84th minute and three minutes later Balogun came off the bench for his 28th appearance of the season in all competitions, replacing Alfredo Morelos in a tactical substitution.
Speaking post-match, Van Bronckhorst said : “We could bring Leon as well for defensive security in the end, so overall we are more than pleased with the three points.”
Rangers have not conceded for six games in a row with Balogun on the pitch, a run that started in the 3-0 loss at Celtic when the Super Eagles defender came off the bench at halftime to shore up the defence.
Joe Aribo entered the fray at halftime against Dundee and Calvin Bassey put in a full shift at left-back.