Gary McAllister has provided an injury update on two key Rangers players who missed their team’s impressive 2-0 pre-season victory over Lyon on Thursday night, as quoted by the Glasgow Times.

The Gers fielded a strong side for their opening Trophee Veolia fixture but Allan McGregor and Filip Helander were noticeable absentees.

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McGregor missed Rangers’ clash against Lyon. (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

McGregor is the first-choice goalkeeper at Ibrox and Helander is likely to be Connor Goldson’s regular partner at the heart of defence, especially as Nikola Katic is out for an extended period with a knee injury.

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Both players missed a recent bounce game against Hamilton Academical with niggles, though, and were absent from the matchday squad in Lyon.

“Greegs is fit but he’s had a couple of pre-season niggles and Helander is the same,” said McAllister, as quoted by the Glasgow Times.

“Filip has a little problem and wasn’t ready to play. But he should be fine for the start of the season.”


Filip Helander has struggled with injuries since joining Rangers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)


Jon McLaughlin impressed between the sticks in his first televised outing as a Rangers player, but supporters will be pleased to hear that McGregor’s absence was precautionary rather than enforced.


The 38-year-old has been one of the most consistent performers in the Gers side since Steven Gerrard’s arrival at the club and his presence has a calming influence on the back four.

It’s a little more concerning that Helander hasn’t yet got game time under his belt.

The Sweden international spent months on the sidelines last season after sustaining a serious foot injury in the League Cup final defeat to Celtic in December and although there’s no suggestion his current problem is linked, it’s clearly been a struggle for him to get back out on the park.

If Helander is unable to take part in any pre-season fixtures, the Gers may look a little light at the back going into the opening day trip to Aberdeen.

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