According to The Daily Record, Rangers defender Filip Helander faces a race against time to prove his fitness for the clash with Celtic. The 11-cap Swedish international had been in fine form for his club before being called up by his country before the international break.
But he was told to return to the Ibrox outfit by boss Janne Anderson after turning up for training with a “slight injury.” And Rangers will have to wait and see if he can shake off any issues so he can be available for selection at Parkhead.
This isn’t the first time Helander has had to overcome adversity. In fact, he has had to deal with his fair share of injury problems in recent years, including a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to a foot injury. However, the “really positive” player worked his way back into contention, and he has been a regular feature in the squad ever since alongside Connor Goldson.
Per SofaScore, Helander has played seven games in the Scottish Premiership this season, having started six games so far, keeping four clean sheets, whilst averaging 2.9 tackles, at least 1 interception and 2 clearances per game.
Even so, his latest setback will have given Gerrard some cause for concern. After missing a large chunk of last season, he cannot afford to endure another long spell without football. There is also the possibility he could aggravate any lingering issues against Celtic in a game that is almost always expected to be a physical encounter between the two sides.
Helander’s teammate Leon Balogun partnered Goldson at the heart of the back line against Ross County in the Gers’ last game before the international break. And the bargain ace gave a good account of himself whilst away on international duty.
Therefore, the Rangers boss may instead opt for a back four including Calvin Bassey, Balogun, Goldson and Tavernier to face Celtic. He will need his side to be fully fit and firing on all cylinders when the team travel to Celtic Park.
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