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.
Rangers can confirm that defender Fil Helander will be missing until December after knee surgery.
We wish him well in his recovery. pic.twitter.com/WhhYiP7hOS
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) September 15, 2021
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:
Not great but better than feared. Swift recovery Big man. 💙🔴⚪🔵
— Stevie Souness ✪ (@steviesouness) September 15, 2021
Gutted man, but that's not actually as bad as I feared.
All the best big man pic.twitter.com/IKS1WSd0pV
— Pena Cartel (@PenaCartel) September 15, 2021
Best Swedish player to play in Scotland and it’s not even close 🇬🇧
— Marc Tannock (@marc_tannock) September 15, 2021
Whilst it's a blow, I was actually expecting it to be longer than that.
Hopefully the big man is back fit and strong for the second half of the season!
— Amato86 (@Amato861) September 15, 2021
Sickening for him, not only playing well for us as per but finally broke into the Swedish national side and was starting games
— CJ (@cjnovo992) September 15, 2021
I had genuinely thought he was out for the season. This is good news under the circumstances.
Can’t wait to see you back ya big pump pic.twitter.com/YoC4pAx5vJ
— BC✡️ (@LoyalKP7) September 15, 2021
See you soon my Swedish prince 😢💙 pic.twitter.com/vjk2NvEsWV
— Lee Hendry (@Lee_Hendry1872) September 15, 2021
Get back soon you big sexy man pic.twitter.com/szccRSZp4L
— Steven Weaver Watt (@19weaver89) September 15, 2021
Filip being back for the Christmas and NY run in would be the best Christmas present ever
— ᒪᎥᗩᗰ (@LiamWATP) September 15, 2021
See you soon big Fil 😢 pic.twitter.com/7cK00xT728
— Liam 🇬🇧 (@Liam20163834) September 15, 2021
That's a real gutter for the club & Phil. Speedy recovery big man, can't get you back soon enough 💙👊
— Steely (@OhItsSteely) September 15, 2021
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.
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.