Rangers defender Filip Helander received major praise from Bears on Thursday evening following his display against Porto.

Returning to the side to partner Connor Goldson in place of fan favourite Nikola Katic, the big Swede dominated opposition dangerman Moussa Marega.

Helander gets up above Marega to win a header. (Photo by Paulo Oliveira / DPI / NurPhoto via Getty Images)

It was an impressive defensive performance and he also looked assured on the ball, even providing the pass which set the wheels in motion for the Rangers equaliser.

Following the game, Twitter page Corteo Sport published the centre-back’s stats.

They are outstanding, confirming just how strong his individual showing really was.

Defensively, he was robust, completing eleven clearances, two interceptions, one tackle and winning five aerial duels. With the ball at his feet, he registered 93.3% pass accuracy, with 100% of his long passes reaching their intended target.


That’s a near-perfect performance against a side who last season, reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Helander has had to be patient since arriving at Ibrox in July. He’s mainly been kept out by Nikola Katic in the league and has had to be content with European outings.

After Thursday’s towering performance, it’ll be tough to leave him out of the side. (Photo by Paulo Oliveira / DPI / NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Yet, last night, it was abundantly clear why the Gers splashed out a reported £3.5m [Scottish Sun] on him and these stats show he was worthy of all the initial praise that came his way.

It looks like Gerrard has got himself a high-quality defensive asset.

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