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Champions League 3rd round: Rangers to miss Leon Balogun

Champions League 3rd round: Rangers to miss Leon Balogun

Scottish premier league Champions Rangers will be without Nigerian international Leon Balogun as they head to Sweden for Champions league qualifier against Malmo on Tuesday.

The Super Eagles ace will however not be the only minus for Rangers as teammates Glen Kamara and Kemar Roofe will also be missing in action.

The trio are serving European bans and will miss the first leg of the qualifier but be ready for selection in the second leg

Balogun’s compatriot and partner in progress Joe Aribo will however be in action against Malmo.

Allan McGregor will start in goal after being rested for Rangers’ opening cinch Premiership victory over Livingston.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard says qualifying for the Champions League group stage has been a target since the day he arrived at the club but insists his players cannot afford to underestimate a dangerous Malmo side

Alfredo Morelos is expected to miss out following his quarantine spell while Jermain Defoe is not in Rangers’ European squad.

Ryan Jack is still to return to the first-team fold following calf surgery, while Niko Katic is not in the European squad as he eases his way back from a knee injury.

read alsoRangers on the march again! Aribo, Balogun impressive

Swedish champions Malmo sit second in the league after 13 games, one point behind Djurgarden.

Their squad includes Denmark midfielder Anders Christiansen, who has scored in three-consecutive matches, and Croatia forward Antonio Colak, who has scored seven goals in as many matches.

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