Rangers appear to be on the verge of landing the signing of Swedish international defender Filip Helander, according to reports – but the Swede’s arrival will give manager Steven Gerrard a problem when it comes to Rangers European squad.
According to Swedish outlet Sportbladet, the Gers are close to getting a deal done for the Bologna defender as Gerrard eyes up his eighth signing of the summer.
As the Light Blues get their Europa League campaign underway, Gerrard has already had to make some tough decisions with the likes of Daniel Candeias forced onto the sidelines to comply with UEFA’s squad regulations.
The Gers must name a 25-man A list of senior players – reduced by three due to a lack of club-developed homegrown players – but can also name an effectively unlimited number of Academy players on a secondary B list.
The obvious solution would be one of the three senior goalkeepers in the squad – Allan McGregor, Wes Foderingham and Andy Firth – although the squad rules require three keepers to be named across the two squad lists.
Assuming the likes of Kieran Wright are registered on the B list, then there would be some room for the Gers to move and add Helander to the squad.
With reports claiming the Gers are spending as much as £4million to sign Helander, there’s no chance that he’ll be left kicking his heels on the sidelines alongside Candeias.
Gerrard may have an alternative plan up his sleeve for how he plans to fit him into his Rangers European squad but someone is going to have to be axed when Helander does complete his move to Ibrox.