The Daily Record reports that Filip Helander is on his way to a Rangers medical ahead of a multimillion-pound transfer.
Not many Bears have seen a lot of Helander in action.
However, there’s a lot to be excited about with this player.
One stand out, is the defender’s international pedigree. He currently holds one of the centre-back slots in the Swedish national team, starting his country’s last two Euro 2020 Qualifying fixtures.
Physically, he looks imposing. At 6ft 4″ he will tower over most strikers and aged 26, he should be reaching his prime.
Furthermore, he knows what it’s like to win silverware and has experience of a top European league. Helander won back to back Allsvenskan titles in 2013 and 2014 with Malmo, before moving to Italy.
He played for Verona for a season, before moving to Bologna, where he’s built up experience of Serie A. Bologna don’t just make up the numbers, either. Last term, they finished in tenth spot, above the likes of Udinese and Fiorentina [Soccerway].
Out of favour at Bologna
However, there is one concern Rangers fans may have with this signing. Helander may have broken through at international level in recent times, but he struggled to get into Bologna’s starting XI towards the end of last season.
The Brazilian duo of Lyanco and Danilo kept him out of the side for most of the second half of the season. According to Transfermarkt, he was left out of nine of the 13 matches he was available for between February and the end of the campaign.
That’s a less positive indicator than some of the others listed above.
Helander had possibly begun to stagnate after three years with The Red and Blues.
Rangers are spending considerable cash on a player who ended up as a backup elsewhere.
Hopefully, though, he’s now ready not only to get back to playing regularly but also to make a big impression in Glasgow over the coming season.