Filip Helander started the 1-0 win over Derby County this weekend, and Rangers fans have had their say on his display after a quiet afternoon.
The Swede made his first start for the Gers in Sunday’s win over English Championship side Derby, playing for just over an hour.
The central defender had previously made his debut, playing half an hour against Blackburn in a 1-1 draw.
And he had a comfortable afternoon, leading to the Ibrox faithful being slightly reserved in their judgement of his full debut.
Brought in from Bologna, his first start came in a game where he and Nikola Katic’s busiest spells were in Derby’s box, not Rangers’, as both towering centre-backs looked a threat at set pieces.
The former Malmo defender arrived at the club this summer for a fee of £3.5m, a fee big enough that you would expect him to nail down a starting place once the season really kicks into gear.
Yesterday’s match against Phillip Cocu’s men was a defender’s dream though, with the Evening Times even reporting that: “Derby struggled to create anything of note.”
Here’s what the fans had to say about Helander’s performance after an easy 60 minutes at Ibrox on Twitter:
Wasn’t really tested.
— CMc ?? (@_Jose_________) July 28, 2019
Him Katic and fod never had much to do defensively. Him and katic are two huge threats in the opposition box.
— Cj (@Aribo_Bears) July 28, 2019
So refreshing to have a left footed centre back
— AndyGRFC (@Hugh26166334) July 28, 2019
Look comfortable on the ball and almost scored but wasnt really tested defensively. Docherty was impressive again though
— Revan (@Revan1872) July 28, 2019
Strolled it but tbh derby didn’t offer much
— ‘ (@RFCNC72) July 28, 2019
Not the best game to ask about Rangers defenders.
— Stuart Lister (@_Stuarty17) July 28, 2019
Difficult to say! Derby offered absolutely nothing
— Graham Currie (@grahamwhcurrie) July 28, 2019