Rangers defender Filip Helander has returned to the club’s training centre after an extended break following his time at Euro 2020 with Sweden.
The big defender only made one appearance for the Scandinavian nation and was on the pitch as the Swedes crashed out of the last 16 hands after extra time against Ukraine.
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It was a wonderful experience for Helander, 28, who returns to Ibrox knowing that he still yet to taste a Scottish Premiership defeat in a Rangers shirt.
A reported £3m signing from Bologna in 2019 [Scotsman], Helander is about to enter his third season at Ibrox and he admits he’s been taken aback by how much progress has been made in pre-season already.
“It has been great to see all the boys and it looks like they have been training hard!” said Helander [RangersTV].
“I have just come back so I haven’t been training that much, but it looks like the boys have been training hard and getting up to speed.
“Now I have had my rest, which was a little shorter than some of the players, I am looking forward to getting back.”
Helander’s return to Ibrox also comes after the player was linked with the exit door earlier in the summer.
Sport Bladet in the defender’s homeland had claimed that the likes of Aston Villa and Leicester City were monitoring the player ahead the upcoming season.
Football Insider even claimed that Helander might be available for £6m should either of these Premier League clubs pounce.
But as things stand Helander is most certainly a Rangers player and will look forward to the new season as first-choice alongside defensive partner Connor Goldson.
Helander too may well be preparing for a special homecoming after Rangers drew either HJK Helsinki or Malmö FF in the third round of Champions League qualifying.
Big Fil started his career in Sweden with Malmö FF before moving to Italy and if he should stay at Ibrox and Malmö overcome the Finns, he’ll likely make a return to the Malmö Stadion.
What’s more, in the return leg at Ibrox, one government advisor has made it clear that Rangers could have a full house for the first time in over 16 months.