Friday, 13 September 2019

Rangers' 26 y/o may have made huge sacrifice for the club


As our earlier piece alluded to, Swedish £3M signing Filip Helander spent yet more time on the bench for his nation during the Euro 2020 qualifiers, to add to the bench time he’s suffered at Ibrox.

But, the sympathy we have with the ex-Bologna man is that he joined Rangers to get off the Italian bench at Bologna. Rangers paid £3M for this Swedish international, and a couple of appearances all seasons is all he’s managed.

There are two sides to this ‘issue’, and both are equally valid.

The first is the farce of wasting £3M on a player who’s ended up as squad material. That he joined us to play, to get away from the bench in Italy’s top flight, being a player out of favour with coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, and instead of sitting on their bench, he’s now sitting on ours. We feel a genuine regret over this, and that he must have assumed he’d have a fair shout of getting football at Ibrox, and yet he hasn’t.

But the second is that while it’s cost £3M, the competition has got the best and even better out of rising Croat superstar Niko Katic who has looked absolutely sensational this season, far superior we’ll bet to what Steven Gerrard even believed he could ascend to. Having a strong pool of defensive options (George Edmundson has shown excellent promise during his few outings as well) is paramount for a club like Rangers, and that Katic has been propelled into ‘asset’ territory over the course of this season is a testament to having a player like Helander on the bench.

It is unfortunate for the Swede, but the club must come first – while it’s (sadly) costing him his career right now, and the decent humans that we are we don’t want to see that, it is a team game and his presence and desire to play is only making Niko Katic play even better – and that benefits Rangers in every way.

We can’t see any time soon where he (or indeed Edmundson) will become regulars bar injury to either Katic or indeed Goldson, but nevertheless, their presence is giving us one heck of a back line.

And that works.


4 comments:

  1. I can’t believe the amount of speculation you guys create. It’s september not feb or March 2020 where you can make that sort of judgement. It’s a non story

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  2. I think it's Connor Goldson, who needs benched. His incompetence gifted Celtic their first goal and his lack of concentration, has cost us, more than once. Just my personal opinion.

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  3. We have 4 centre halfs and only 2 can play so 2 will miss out .Helander joined later on the window and needed pre season so its obvious that he would start behind the others .He will get a chance at some point and will need to grab it .If anything Edmundson has more right to moan , he started really well and is now 4th in the pecking order.

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  4. Agree with Joe90. Goldson's jersey is under threat, he is one of 3 men playing for it and the right to partner Katic. In the short term as he will be gone in no more than 3 years for very big money. At that point the three remaining will hopefully be joined by one of our own

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