Former Glasgow Rangers manager Alex McLeish is worried about Filip Helander ahead of the Gers’ Old Firm clash on Sunday.
McLeish worried by Helander
The Gers face Celtic at Ibrox on Sunday afternoon in the Scottish Cup fourth round as they continue their quest for a domestic double.
Speaking to Ibrox News, McLeish has revealed he has concerns about the Sweden international as he said:
“They will certainly analyse things that they have seen since then.
“Again, on the flip side, guys like Helander are good professionals and will be analysing their own game and seeing where they should be better.
“Let’s face it, it was great play from Celtic, but these are the games where you can be rusty and don’t close down quick enough, and you have to be switched on.”
It is surprising to hear McLeish say he is worried about the 27-year-old. The fact of the matter is, Helander has been a rock for Steven Gerrard’s side ever since he made the move to Ibrox.
Since his switch to Glasgow in 2019, the Gers are yet to lose a Premiership game with him in the line-up (Transfermarkt), and his performances have even attracted interest from Leicester City and Aston Villa – his reported price tag is £6m (Football Insider).
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Helander didn’t have his best game in the last Old Firm clash, and he has been accused of lacking pace, but he is a player on whom Gerrard and the rest of the squad can rely. If he is selected as part of the starting XI this weekend, that should not be a cause for concern for anyone associated with Rangers.
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