Steven Gerrard looks to have been handed a significant boost at Rangers after Filip Helander recently quashed any rumours of a move away from Ibrox this summer.
The Sweden international has been linked with a move to both Aston Villa and Leicester City recently and there may have been concerns among the Rangers faithful that he could have his head turned by a potential move to the Premier League.
However, the 27-year-old centre-back told Fotbollskanalen recently that it’s “just speculation”, adding: “I feel good here and I have two years left on my contract here. That’s really the only thing I think about. I want to continue to perform well with Rangers and then hope to be able to join the European Championships this summer. This is where my focus lies.”
Considering how important Helander has been in Rangers’ title success this season, it is undoubtedly a boost for Gerrard that the Swede appears focused on his future at Ibrox rather than eyeing a move away from the club this summer.
Helander’s partnership with Connor Goldson at the back has also proven to be extremely successful, with Rangers having conceded just eight league goals when the Swedish centre-back has featured so far this season.
Although Gerrard has plenty of other options at centre-back including Leon Balogun and Nikola Katic, it is clear that Helander has been the first-choice alongside Goldson in 2020/21, so losing him ahead of a Champions League campaign next season would have been a huge blow.
Back in 2019, the 40-year-old manager was full of praise for Helander after an impressive performance against Porto in the Europa League, saying: “He did ever so well for us in Portugal and he has stepped up and been a leader for us again. So I’m delighted with what he has done this week.”
Therefore, Gerrard will no doubt be relieved that the £1.8m-rated centre-back has seemingly committed his future to Rangers ahead of next season.