Rangers defender Filip Helander has warned his team-mates they have “no excuse” not to be prepared for the new season when it starts in August – and insists he is “very confident” ahead of the new campaign.

The Swede resumed full-contact training yesterday with the rest of his team-mates as Steven Gerrard and his staff prepare for the league opener on August 1.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 08: Filip Helander of Rangers FC tackles Lewis Morgan of Celtic during the Betfred Cup Final between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Hampden Park on December 08, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Helander knows there’s still a “long way to go” before a ball is kicked in anger and insisted he is looking forward to getting underway.

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“I’m very confident,” Helander told Rangers TV.

“Of course there’s still a long way to go but if it’s the first of August, or whenever it’s going to be, there’s no excuse to not be ready.

 

“We’re all looking forward to it.”

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Helander has been sidelined since the League Cup final defeat by Celtic in December and missed the Europa League knockout rounds.

He’ll be eligible to play when the Gers take on Leverkusen in August in the second leg of the last 16 clash despite having not been registered when the sides met in March.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 08: Filip Helander of Rangers FC looks on prior to the Betfred Cup Final between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Hampden Park on December 08, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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After almost eight months on the sidelines, it’ll be interesting to see whether Gerrard throws Helander right back into the side alongside Connor Goldson or whether he needs to get past Niko Katic and George Edumndson.

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