Rangers star Filip Helander won’t be heading to this winter’s World Cup finals in Qatar after Sweden were knocked out in the playoffs by Poland last night.
The Ibrox star was an unused substitute as goals from Robert Lewandowski and Piotr Zielinski sealed a 2-0 win for Poland in Chorzów.
Lewandowski’s penalty early in the second half, after a foul on Grzegorz Krychowiak, broke the deadlock before Zielinski took advantage of a defensive error to make it 2-0 and book Poland’s spot in Qatar.
The Swedes had, arguabbly, been the better side until the penalty decision when Jesper Karlstrom’s clumsy challenge on substitute Krychowiak in the box left the referee no choice but to point to the spot – with the Bayern Munich superstar colly slotting home.
13 minutes later, it was 2-0 and game over as Zielinski nipped and and robbed the ball after Marcus Danielson’s poor control before netting the second of the night.
With time running out, Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic was brought on for the final 10 minutes but the 40-year-old couldn’t change the result and now looks to have played his final match at a World Cup.
For Rangers defender Helander, it will be a disappointment not to have even managed to get off the bench for Sweden and now attention will turn to this weekend’s Old Firm game.
Rangers face a potentially season-defining clash this weekend and the Light Blues simply can’t afford to drop any points if they are to to retain the Scottish Premiership title.
In other news, a Rangers star was pictured smiling in training despite potential Celtic absence reports