Rangers are reportedly on the verge of completing a move for Swedish international defender Filip Helander.

The Bologna centre half expected to complete a medical today [Scottish Sun] as Rangers splash out a reported £3.5m on the player.

Some reports suggest Rangers could pay up to €6m for Helander by the end of his contract, but despite the conflicting reports, one ex-Ger is certain the club have snapped up a bargain.

Helander has made over 80 Serie A appearances. (Photo by Mario Carlini / Iguana Press/Getty Images)

“I like this player,“ Rino Gattuso tells the Daily Record.

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“He has a good Scandinavian mentality and he’s not a bad defender. I heard today from Italy that the price is around 5m euros – and that’s a good price for him.

“Yes, it’s big money for Rangers but he’s a good player at that price when you consider the market at this moment. It’s incredible that some players are costing 50 or 55m euros.


“For 5m euros, Rangers have done good business.”


Rino Gattuso, who managed old club AC Milan last season and knows all about the Swedish international’s traits, was also quick to write-off any mention of a lack of game time in Italy.

“People say he had a difficult last season in Serie A but for the first two or three months he actually played very well,” said Gattuso.

“He only had some problems in the last few months under the new manager. So five million euros or whatever is a good price for him.

“He’ll be good for the team and the Scottish league. I’m not saying he’ll find it easy in Scotland because it’s not an easy league to play in.

“But he has the right mentality to be successful there. He is very focused, very determined. He is also the kind of player who likes to fight.”

Rino Gattuso spent a year at Ibrox between 1998 and 1999. Mandatory Credit: Stu Forster/Allsport

Should everything go to plan and the player sign on at Ibrox, Helander will become the eighth signing of a busy window for Rangers.

Helander will join new boys Jordan Jones, Jake Hastie, Steven Davis, Greg Stewart, Sheyi Ojo George Edmundson and Joe Aribo at Ibrox.

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