Michael Beale has rubbished reports suggesting Rangers defender Filip Helander could leave Ibrox this January amid links to Swedish champions Malmo.

The Swedish international defender, 29, hasn’t played this season and was last seen in a Rangers shirt towards the end of last season after injuring his foot in September 2021.

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Entering the final year of his contract at Ibrox, the consistent injury problems have plenty reckoning the defender’s time in Glasgow is up with injuries having a significant impact on Big Fil’s Rangers career.

But as Filip Helander looks to get back to full fitness, it had been suggested in Sweden that former club Malmo – a switch the defender has been open to in the past – could offer a solution this winter.

The Scandinavian country plays a summer league and the defender could benefit from increased gametime over this period whilst Rangers would no longer have to pay the perennial crock’s wages.

However, Michael Beale has revealed that any Filip Helander links out of Rangers are “news to me” with the defender expected to at least see out his contract with the club.

The Rangers manager also revealed there is no time scale on the player’s return from injury.

“That’s news to me,” said Michael Beale [Rangers].

“He’s a player that I like and a man that I like. He’s one that when you come back into the building and see that he’s on crutches and now the crutches are disappearing you wonder ‘how far away is he?’.

“There’s no news on that at the minute. But yeah, I’ve not heard that rumour.”

Michael Beale wasn’t just providing an update on Filip Helander and the press conference ahead of the Kilmarnock clash either.

The Gers manager has also revealed that one key Ibrox first-teamer has suffered yet another setback in his recovery from injury.

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