A Kemar Roofe double and Cedric Itten’s goal rescued Glasgow Rangers from the jaws of defeat as Steven Gerrard’s side came from behind to beat Motherwell at Ibrox on Saturday to move six points clear of Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
It looked like it was going to be a long afternoon for Gerrard after the visitors took the lead through Callum Lang inside six minutes in the first half.
However, Rangers grit their teeth and clawed their way back into the game when Roofe levelled the score before Itten scored his fourth goal of the season so far.
But this doesn’t excuse the fact the defence were caught napping when Lang struck the early opener, arguably none more so than Filip Helander, who has looked out-of-sorts since he returned from a spell on the sidelines after testing positive for coronavirus.
With Leon Balogun ruled out due to injury, the stage was set for Helander to remove any element of lingering doubt about his future at Ibrox.
However, he failed to grasp the opportunity with both hands, as he did little to justify his selection in the first place.
SofaScore graded the 27-year-old as one of the worst Rangers players on the pitch with a lowly 6.6 rating – second only to Allan McGregor – he lost possession 13 times, failed to register a single tackle, record an interception or block a single shot in the entire game.
Glasgow Live gave Helander, who earns £9,300-a-week, a 6/10 and claimed he was ‘careless on the ball at times early doors and could have anticipated Lang’s opener’, while Rangers News were equally scathing in their assessment, although they insisted he ‘took time to settle after a month and a half out of action.’
Not only did he look uncharacteristically lethargic, but the Rangers lightweight was also largely anonymous with his teammates Jermain Defoe and Cedric Itten managing more tackles together.
We can’t quite work out why Helander played the full 90′ minutes, save for a lack of options on the bench, but he ought to be nervously looking over his shoulder once Balogun is fully fit and firing on all cylinders after recovering from a head knock he suffered at St Mirren on Wednesday night.