Rangers hero showed true value in Praha – and not just the obvious

Rangers hero showed true value in Praha – and not just the obvious
Glasgow players celebrate Filip Helander s third from left goal in the European Football League eighth finals opening match SK Slavia Praha vs Glasgow Rangers in Prague, Czech Republic, March 11, 2021. CTKxPhoto/OndrejxDeml CTKPhotoP202103110960501 PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxCZExSVK _DML7840

While Filip Helander stole the headlines for nicking a massive away goal on the night, in fact there was an alternative reason the big Swede deserves all the credit.

Initially signed in some fanfare, the former Bologna man struggled to impact and settle into Rangers, plus fought a lot of injury problems as well.

Aged still only 27, Helander has a lot left to give and his performance last night indicated that while he doesn’t have the composure and use of the ball that Goldson does, and probably won’t clear as many aerial balls, the Swedish stopper is as good a reader of the game as anyone in the UK and thrives gloriously on brute force defending.

Helander is getting better every time we see him, and the number of times he’s in the right place at the right time to halt seemingly dangerous attacks is truly admirable.

He just always seems to pop up, and on pure ground level defending Helander is without any doubt the best stopper at Ibrox.

He won’t do things smoothly and with loads of panache, but he will do them, and get them done.

His clumsy but effective tackle in that first half last night summed him up – maybe not easy on the eye, but it worked, and that’s what he does so well.

Whatever it takes, with good reading, and a very good sense of positioning.

The top defenders can read the game and know where to be and how to stop attacks.

Helander very much is in that mould, and we’re glad he’s in our shirt.

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  1. Yes i agree hes getting better,theres just something about him,hes like a big lovable rogue👏👏👏

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