We must keep pushing – Balogun

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Glasgow Rangers centre back Leon Balogun has encouraged his teammates to not take the foot off the pedal after clinching the Scottish title.

The Gers are on the brink of breaking a record set by their neighbours Celtic when they went for the whole season without losing a league game under coach Brendan Rodgers in the 2016/17 campaign.

Gerrard’s side is a game away from finishing the regular season unbeaten. Coincidentally, their remaining clash is against Celtic who they will face in the Old Firm derby on the 21st of March.

They still have an opportunity to win more silverware this season. Rangers have reached the last 16 of the Uefa Champions League and they are also still in the running for the Scottish Cup.

Speaking to the Scottish Sun, Balogun urged everyone to not let the Cup glory distract them from winning more trophies this season.

“It’s about making our targets a reality. That feeling at the weekend is something we want to replicate.

“It’s nice to say we have won the league and that it is the biggest thing. But it would be shameful just to settle for that. Listen, if that’s what we end up with at the end of the day then that’s another thing. We need to make sure we give our all in the remaining games.

“I’m talking about clean sheets, goals conceded, loads of things to make sure we keep on pushing and work harder. We could make the title that much sweeter by being more successful.

“There is no point in saying we’ve done the big thing and forget about the two other trophies. That should never be the mentality. But I don’t think anyone at the club is thinking like that.”

Glasgow was blue after Celtic drew with Dundee in the league which confirmed their rivals as the 2020/21 champions. The former Brighton and Hove Albion defender explained how the squad reacted to the news.

“We were all together in the canteen at the training ground. It was very, very thrilling,” he recalled.

“I think some players exposed the fact that they suffer from nerves more than they usually do, going by the reactions to the Celtic chances, but when the final whistle blew it was amazing.

“We all hugged and jumped around, put the music on and sang the songs. It will stay with me forever. I have been in some good dressing rooms, but this one is the best.

“It would be nice one day, like you see in the movies, if we could have a reunion in the future.

“We could be the Rangers Class of 2021, or School of 55, and meet up in five or 10 years. We could go through the memories and with this group. I can actually see that happening.

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