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Rangers fans react to "ridiculous" attack on Steven Gerrard by columnist

Rangers fans have launched a defence of manager Steven Gerrard after an Evening Times columnist attacked the Ibrox boss for leaving Filip Helander out of his Europa League squad.

The big Swedish defender – a £3m signing [RangersTV] from Bologna – was left out of the 25-man squad for the Playoff tie with Legia Warsaw despite saying he was ready to play [Football Scotland] after the 3-0 win over East Fife.

That prompted Mark Hendry to write a column with the Glasgow paper claiming Steven Gerrard has escaped criticism for leaving him out the squad.

The Evening Times writer compared Steven Gerrard’s decision to leave Helander out of the squad with the criticism being aimed at Celtic counterpart Neil Lennon for leaving out Boli Bolingoli against CFR Cluj.

Rangers fans have been quick to leap to the defence of their manager. And of the fact Helander didn’t make the final cut.

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That’s a pretty resounding riposte from the Rangers faithful.

The general feeling amongst the support on Twitter is that Hendry is clutching at straws comparing the two situations and trying to stir up some negativity around Rangers.

Neil Lennon has been resoundingly criticised for leaving £10m of new signings on the bench and playing his midfield technician Calum McGregor as a left-back against Cluj.

Evening Times columnist Mark Hendry criticised Steven Gerrard for leaving Filip Helander out of Rangers Europa League squad. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Steven Gerrard’s defence is performing at a high-level and he obviously fancies Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic for this match.

The reality is we’ll see the Swedish international very soon. There’s a long season ahead.

And whether Helander should’ve made the squad or not, the current dilemma Steven Gerrard has at the back is a very good one indeed.

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