Rangers defender Filip Helander made his return to competitive action last night in the 1-0 defeat by Bayer Leverkusen and the Swedish international’s return will give Steven Gerrard a selection headache.

Helander was arguably the best player for the Light Blues as they were knocked out of the Europa League 4-1 on aggregate and the former Bologna defender looks to be ready to push for a regular place in the side again.

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 01: Leon Balogun of Rangers and Bruce Anderson of Aberdeen during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Aberdeen and Rangers at Pittodrie Stadium on August 1, 2020 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors.

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With Leon Balogun earning rave reviews after his debut performance in the win over Aberdeen, Gerrard now has some really good option available in central defence.

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It looks as though one of Balogun, Helander and George Edmundson will get the nod to regularly partner Connor Goldson – although Goldson could even find himself getting fewer games than he’s used to now too.

 

Both Balogun and Helander have a wealth of experience and are almost certain to be ahead of Edmundson and it should really help Gerrard’s side in the charge towards the title this season.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 08: Filip Helander of Rangers FC looks on prior to the Betfred Cup Final between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Hampden Park on December 08, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Balogun will almost certainly come back into the side this weekend after Helander played his first game since December last night but moving forward it will be a real poser for Gerrard.

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Hopefully, it can provide a really solid base for the Light Blues and help set the stage for the likes of Cedric Itten, Kemar Roofe and others to fire Rangers to 55.

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