Was Gio right to leave Filip Helander behind?

Was Gio right to leave Filip Helander behind?
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 21: Filip Helander of Rangers is seen during the warm up prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 21, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has recently explained the omission of Filip Helander from the UEL squad was due to the spaces available, and the fact the Swede is not fully fit.

But is this a decision he might regret given the ex-Bologna man is certainly close, and would surely have been solid for the return leg at the very least?

Rangers literally have five senior defenders in the entire squad, including fullbacks, and Gio suggested a part of Helander’s absence was other players who can play multiple positions.

We’re not sure we completely agree there, with the only one being James Sands.

When we look at midfield, it is absolutely chock-full of players, in terms of central midfield.

Ryan Jack (at equal fitness to Helander more or less), John Lundstram, Steven Davis (also returning from injury), Glen Kamara, James Sands, Joe Aribo and Scotty Arfield are all essentially central midfielders, albeit some more defensive/attacking than others, and we can’t help feeling there’s a few too many at the cost of a defender or two.

Up front we have Sakala, Morelos, Diallo, Kent and Wright.

That’s 12 players for 6 positions, but just 5 for 4 in defence.

Can’t help feeling one of those players could have been left behind, possibly Davis, in order to accommodate Helander.

Hopefully this won’t be a decision we might regret!

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