Ominous Steven Gerrard hints towards longer-term Rangers injury blow
Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Ominous Steven Gerrard hints towards longer-term Rangers injury blow

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard suggested that Filip Helander would be out for an indeterminate amount of time with injury as he looked ahead to Young Boys.

The big Swedish international defender picked up a knock in the final moments of the Betfred Cup Final defeat to Celtic and had to be replaced by Nikola Katic.

Steven Gerrard confirmed yesterday that he’d be out for the Young Boys tie [Rangers], but do his comments allude to something more worrying concerning the Swede?

Rangers stopper Filip Helander picked up the injury during the Betfred Cup Final against Celtic. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“Specialist are looking at Filip’s scans and he certainly won’t be available in the short term,” said Gerrard [Daily Record].

“The initial reports aren’t fantastic but we should know more after the game.”

The fact the big defender needs to see a specialist will be a worry for Rangers after he has begun to cement himself in the heart of central defence.

Alongside Connor Goldson, Helander has started the last 11 Rangers games and young Croatian centre-half Nikola Katic will surely be drafted in to replace him.

Filip Helander had cemented himself in the Rangers back four prior to picking up the injury. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In the short-term, Rangers have enough meat on the bones in the centre-back position (even if George Edmundson is also a doubt for tonight’s match) and will be able to patch things up.

But should we lose Filip Helander altogether at a crucial point of the season, and perhaps even longer than that, it would represent a significant blow.