Rangers star Filip Helander appears to be progressing in his recovery from injury as the big Swede was pictured out of a protective boot.

Big Fil was pictured his teammates and the staff at the Rangers Training Centre paying tribute to Ibrox legend Walter Smith following his passing.

Helander, 28, is recovering from knee surgery following an injury sustained in the 2-1 win against St Johnstone in September.

The Swedish international had been on fine form for the club prior to the injury problem and the Gers confirmed that the player would be missing until December.

 

Helander had been wearing a protective boot after the surgery last month but this snap appears to show the Ibrox defender has taken the next step in his recovery process.

Whilst it’s no suggestion that Big Fil will be returning ahead of schedule or that he’s ready to get back on the pitch, it’s a sign of the player’s recovery following surgery.

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Rangers do not have their defensive issues to seek with Nigerian international Leon Balogun going through the pain barrier for the club in recent weeks.

Connor Goldson is used to a relentless schedule, but 33-year-old Nigerian international Balogun has never quite played three games a week in his career and ordinarily dovetails with the Swedish international.

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Rangers star Filip Helander has taken a key step in his recovery from knee surgery. (Photo by ANDREAS HILLERGREN/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)

For whatever reason, Jack Simpson finds himself out of the side so Rangers are heavily reliant on Balogun in Helander’s absence and Fil’s return to the side will be welcomed by the club.

However, that’s unlikely to be before December and perhaps even after the winter break with the player needing to build fitness before coming back into the side.

Speaking of injury problems, Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass has confirmed numerous issues for the Dons ahead of their trip to Glasgow.

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