Rangers fans have been sending messages of support to Swedish international defender Filip Helander after it was revealed the centre-back faces three months on the sidelines.

Helander, 28, went down in the 2-1 victory over St Johnstone and after being stretchered off, the club have confirmed the Swede will be out until at least December.

This is a sizeable blow to Rangers with the £3m ex-Bologna centre-back being a key player domestically and on the continent for the Ibrox club.

A fan favourite and considered by many to be the best natural and technical defender not just at Rangers, but in Scotland, his absence is sure to be felt in Govan.

Rangers fans have taken to Twitter to send messages of support to the Scandinavian defender as his road to recovery begins at Ibrox:

 

Connor Goldson will return for the clash with Lyon with Leon Balogun likely to partner him, with much more now expected of Jack Simpson who is not in the club’s Europa League squad.

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The ex-Bournemouth defender will now get his chance at Ibrox and manager Steven Gerrard is sure the club has the squad to cope with Big Fil’s injury.

“Fil’s had surgery in the last 48 hours to fix an issue they spotted when they went inside to have a look so he’ll be missing for the foreseeable future,” said Gerrard [Rangers].

“I’m confident we’ve got the right amount of cover assuming we don’t have any more issues.

“Connor Goldson comes back and is available for tomorrow, we’ve also got players who can fill in if needs be.

“At the moment, it’s disappointing not to have Fil but we’ll manage.”

Whilst losing Filip Helander is certainly a blow for Rangers fans, the Ibrox gaffer has played down talk of recalling a £3m-rated defender currently out on loan.

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