Steven Gerrard has said that Filip Helander’s return from injury at Glasgow Rangers will be like a new signing.
The Sweden international was an important part of the Gers squad at the start of the previous campaign after signing from Bologna last summer for £3.5m. However, he unfortunately suffered a serious foot injury that kept him out of the action from December until the term was prematurely ended in May.
Now, he has recovered from that issue, and Gerrard has underlined how important his return will be to the side. He told Rangers TV (via The Scottish Sun):
“Filip has come back in great shape but he still needs to get football fitness.
“He is a leader in how he goes about things and that will feel like a new signing as he was sorely missed.
“From Christmas onwards, we missed his experience and leadership.
“We want to improve that area and stop individual mistakes and sloppy goals. Fil will help us.”
All in all, Helander managed 17 appearances during his first campaign at Ibrox. Impressively, the 54-time Scottish champions conceded just four goals in the eight league matches he started, compared to 15 in 21 without him. With experience at Bologna and Hellas Verona in Serie A, he should become a vital member of Gerrard’s side if he can stay fit.
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