Date: 20th August 2019 at 5:59pm
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Rangers have so far signed ten players this summer transfer window and most of them have cost the club very little – with only one major money signing.

This was the deal to bring Filip Helander to Ibrox – the giant Swede who has represented his country on eight occasions.

Steven Gerrard has bought Helander in for around £3m, and the 26-year-old was expected to make a significant impact and provide some real quality to the centre of defence.

Helander has, however, only made one appearance and that was on Sunday against East Fife in the Betfred Cup, and though Rangers were playing inferior opposition – the central defender stood out.

He provided the assist for Jermain Defoe’s goal and then popped up with a goal himself in the second half bundling in Jordan Jones’ header.

The reason this was Helander’s first appearance of the season is that Gerrard has admitted that he wants to be patient with the 26-year-old because Nikola Katic is playing so well.

The former Malmo man stands at 6ft 4 and will provide a great aerial threat to this Gers side – he is also strong in the tackle and is comfortable at stepping out of the defence.

Another reason why he will be a good signing though is because he represents genuine competition to both Connor Goldson and Katic.

The signing of Helander is, therefore, good because they have signed an experienced international centre-back who will relish the physical challenge of the SPFL.

Gerrard now has some serious squad depth in the heart of the defence, and he can feel confident in his squad.

 

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