According to Swedish outlet Sportbladet, Rangers are close to securing the signing of Filip Helander.

It’s suggested that the fee is to be the equivalent of approximately £4.2 million, making it Rangers’ biggest outlay on a player in years.

Helander in action at the Stadio Olimpico against Roma. (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The centre-back turned out 23 times for Serie A side Bologna last season. He also earned six caps for Sweden over the same period, starting recent Euro 2020 qualifiers against Malta and Spain.

At 26, he has eight seasons of senior experience under his belt. Initially, he played for Malmo, then he moved to Italy with Verona and before switching to Bologna in 2015.

All this pedigree is bad news for Nikola Katic. The 22-year-old Ibrox favourite is promising but still quite a raw defender. For large swathes of last season, to the dismay of many fans, he found himself out of the side with Joe Worrall establishing himself as Connor Goldson’s first choice partner.

 

After the league title slipped beyond Rangers’ grasp, he regained his spot and contributed to an excellent end of season run.

Katic celebrates after helping the Gers to a 3-0 win at Motherwell in April. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Following those displays, he may have fancied his chances of keeping his shirt for the upcoming season.

Yet, with Rangers poised to splash out millions on a marquee defensive signing, that now looks increasingly unlikely.

If the 6ft 4″ Helander joins, he’ll surely be coming in as vice-captain Goldson’s main partner.

It seems Gerrard doesn’t quite think Katic is ready for that responsibility just yet.

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