Rangers have confirmed defender Filip Helander has tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the League Cup clash with Falkirk tonight – and Gers fans on Twitter have been sending messages of support to the Swedish defender as he goes into isolation.
The centre-back would likely have started the 4-0 win over the League One side but it was announced shortly before kick-off that he had tested positive for Covid, leading to a defensive reshuffle which say Calvin Bassey slot in at centre-back.
🗒️ PLAYER UPDATE: Rangers can confirm that Filip Helander has returned a positive test for Covid-19. He will self isolate in line with government guidelines.
We wish Filip well and look forward to his return to our squad. pic.twitter.com/9LJiUbIA4U
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) November 29, 2020
Helander will have to isolate for ten days and Gers boss Steven Gerrard confirmed after the Falkirk win that he had yet to speak to the defender but would do so after leaving the ground.
Helander’s absence saw Borna Barisic start in his usual left-back role while Bassey moved in one to partner Connor Goldson as the Gers racked up another clean sheet.
Rangers will be without Helander for ten days, ruling him out of the Standard Liege clash on Thursday night in the Europa League and the trip to face Ross County in Dingwall.
Since returning to the side after several months injured, the former Bologna star has put in a string of impressive performances for the Light Blues and his absence will be felt even harder with George Edmundson currently suspended.
Gers fans were quick to wish the defender a speedy recovery after the news was confirmed by the club’s official Twittter account.
Here are some of the messages from supporters:
Get well soon big man. Cracking start to the season.
— Jas Boyd (@Jas72Boyd) November 29, 2020
get well soon big chap, the lads will get the job done today to cheer you up
— Alfie West 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧 (@Brexit_si_watp) November 29, 2020
Get well soon big man. Can see why they're resting Balogun now. https://t.co/PEAIxHnFLd
— Marxist Rangers (@MarxistRangers) November 29, 2020
Sad news. Get well soon Fil. https://t.co/SDVywuoD3I
— Heart & Hand Podcast (@ibroxrocks) November 29, 2020
Speedy recovery big fella https://t.co/i8Av1xRa5Z
— B4zzaholica (@B4zzaholica) November 29, 2020
Get the slippers on for a fortnight big fella. ☕️ https://t.co/7gddeoQfkG
— Jamie Kerr* (@bigjamiek2) November 29, 2020
But… But… Ranjurs are immune to covid?!?! https://t.co/hha6k2RgX3
— Ross French (@RossFrench6) November 29, 2020
We knew we would be affected by it at some point. Get well soon big man 🇸🇪 https://t.co/qMTD1wwVSQ
— Andy McFaul (@Andy_McFaul) November 29, 2020