Ibrox Noise sources have suggested to us that Filip Helander’s Rangers career isn’t just over, but that the Swedish international has decided to save himself for his next club by mutually ‘terminating’ his Rangers contract.
That is to say, Helander, 29, looks certain to get his move home to Swedish giants Malmo, but given his diabolical injury history with Rangers, Helander would much rather not risk himself again for the club, and Michael Beale is pretty much happy with that, and doesn’t see the 29-year-old as part of the club or its future anyway.
So while the contract isn’t being ‘mutually terminated’, which would cost Rangers a few months wages in advance, Helander is just playing out time at Ibrox waiting to be a free agent and maybe his move to Malmo.
We have no issue with this at all – Helander is cursed at Ibrox, he would never and has never been fit for us, so for him it’s like the last week at school when he’s about to leave – turns up, trains, but isn’t really available and it’s an accepted fact he’s leaving.
Why would he risk injury again at Rangers and lose out on a move home?
Is it unprofessional? Not if the club agrees with him. Rangers are not rich and can’t afford to mutual consent dispensable players the way we used to, so it’s easier all round if Helander stays till summer at standard wage cost and then is freed to go home, with, he’ll hope, full fitness.
In truth, Helander has struck terrible luck at Rangers, from the start, and has made around 70 appearances in 4 years. He’s, sadly, been a terrible waste of £3M, by no means the only one, but that doesn’t make it easier.
This summer will see quite a few leave the club – we suspect all the players out of contract will depart, but guys like Helander, as nice a bloke as he is, and he is, won’t be missed.
Just a wage drain, and we wish him well for his next club which, as we say, looks about 90% certain to be Malmo given they talked him up recently.