Filip Helander has a new club, the former Rangers centre-half has taken the next steps in his recovery and signed for Danish outfit Odense.

The 30-year old, understandably, has agreed a one-year deal until the summer of 2024 and will be looking to get his career back on track.

After the defeat to PSV Eindhoven, it’s evident that Filip Helander has never truly been replaced by Rangers and fans will be watching his move to Odense with interest.

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Filip Helander has been a big miss for Rangers

In four seasons at Ibrox, the big Swede played just 60 games.

His Β£3.5m transfer fee might have been justified in his first couple of seasons but, after that, he was non-existent in the starting XI.

A persistent foot problem saw Helander only return to training with Rangers late last season and there was never any chance of another contract being offered.

With almost two years out of the game, he needs to accept that playing 40-50 games a season is out of the question, managing his work load is the only chance he has of prolonging his career.

Filip Helander would have been the perfect player to deal with Luuk de Jong for Rangers and Odense are getting a player who first and foremost, is there to defend – in Harry Souttar, Michael Beale might have a found a prototype though.

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It’s no coincidence that the season he played most games in, is the one that our defence broke records.

Hopefully, the 6ft 4inch tall defender can play regularly again because he is too good a player to have his career effectively ended at 28 and, after the last few seasons, he deserves a bit of luck.

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