International boss insists Rangers star is key part of his plans
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Rangers defender is key to international boss' plans despite blunders

Rangers defender Filip Helander praised by Sweden manager Janne Anderson despite his howler in Portugal against Benfica with the Swedish boss hailing the defender’s form this season.

Helander was to blame for two of the three goals in the 3-3 draw in Lisbon but Andersson insists the former Bologna star is an important plan of his plans.

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The Swedish boss also lauded Helander’s manage at club level, admitting he’d a “great manager” who has had a big impact on Helander,


“Filip has had a good season for both the national team and his club Rangers so far. That makes me happy. I first watched Filip as an 18-year-old youngster at Malmo,” Andersson said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“I don’t remember the game very well but I recall my impression being that Filip was a very promising player.

“He’s a reliable defender with a great sense of where to place himself on the pitch.

“Filip’s also a very tough player who won’t bow down.

“I’m really happy that his move to Rangers looks to have been a good step for his career and from what I’ve heard about Steven Gerrard, he’s a great manager.

“I’m sure that he’s had a positive impact on Filip’s development.”

After his poor performance in Lisbon, it’ll be interesting to see whether Helander starts today against Hamilton in the Scottish Premiership.

With Leon Balogun waiting in the wings, there’s plenty of competition for starting places at Rangers and it should help keep the players on their toes.

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