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Rangers face conundrum over Filip Helander

Giovanni van Bronckhorst faces a few contract dilemmas as Glasgow Rangers manager over the coming months, with the likes of Ryan Kent, Alfredo Morelos, and Ryan Jack all in the last year of their Ibrox deals.

These should all be players that the Dutchman will be desperate to keep for as long as possible, unless a big money offer comes in, particularly for Kent or Morelos.

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One player who Van Bronckhorst might have to think long and hard about, however, is Filip Helander, and the 47-year-old should be ready to part ways with the defender.

Rangers must ditch Helander

Having joined the club from Serie A side, Bologna, in the summer of 2019 for a fee of £4m, Helander formed a solid partnership with Connor Goldson at the heart of the Light Blues’ defence.

The 2020/2021 season was a particular highlight for the player, playing 22 Premiership matches as the team, led by Steven Gerrard, won their first league title in a decade.

Rangers only conceded 13 league goals during the whole campaign, a British record and Helander was an integral part of this side, ranking eighth out of the whole squad as per WhoScored.

Unfortunately, the 29-year-old, who is earning £14.5k-per-week, is far too injury prone to warrant a long-term deal.

In just over three seasons, Helander has missed a grand total of 64 games for the club over a 314-day period. That’s a staggering amount, which included 31 matches last season as Van Bronckhorst had to play natural left back, Calvin Bassey, in a centre-back position to compensate.

Having not featured at all this season, and with the signings of Ben Davies and John Souttar arriving in the summer, the side already looks able to cope without him going forward.

Should Rangers keep Helander?

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Furthermore, youngster Leon King has broken into the first-team squad and already looks like an exciting talent. If Helander stayed at the club, it could mean yet another defender ahead of him for a place in the starting XI.

There are, of course, many variables Van Bronckhorst will need to consider. Helander is an excellent option to have at the heart of the Ibrox side’s defence without a shadow of a doubt, but with the Swede seemingly on the treatment table more often than the pitch, it will be tough to justify an extended contract. Next year should finally be the time that his time at Rangers comes to an end.

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