Filip Helander may well have played his last game under Steven Gerrard at Rangers after it was revealed recently that the centre-back would miss the remaining league fixtures through injury.
Gerrard confirmed ahead of Sunday’s 4-1 thrashing of Celtic in the Old Firm derby that the Swedish international would miss Rangers’ final three league games of the campaign.
Whilst the league title is already wrapped up and his injury won’t have too much impact on Rangers’ current season, it could well emerge that his appearance in the cup defeat against St Johnstone was his last for the Light Blues.
The former Bologna man has been linked with a move to Leicester City and Aston Villa in recent months and recent reports have suggested that he is keen on a move away from Ibrox, as he wants to test himself in the Premier League.
Therefore, it would not be a surprise to see the 28-year-old depart this summer, especially when you consider the number of centre-back options already available to Gerrard.
Of course, Helander has played a huge part in Rangers’ title success this season and has been one of their most consistent performers alongside Connor Goldson in defence, but there is little that Gerrard can do if the centre-back is keen to leave for the Premier League this summer.
Reports have suggested that Rangers value the defender around £6m which is pocket change for a lot of Premier League clubs, suggesting that an Ibrox exit is on the cards.
In fact, Rangers already seem to be looking for a potential replacement for Helander, with reports suggesting that they have offered a contract to Vitesse centre-back Danilho Doekhi, which seems strange when they already have a number of centre-back options in the first team.
Therefore, Helander may well have already played his last competitive game under Gerrard as he won’t feature again until next season, by which time he may have already completed a summer move to the Premier League.