Feyenoord in front of a raucous Ibrox crowd in the Europa League; this was exactly the sort of game Filip Helander was bought for.
Rangers not only made a massive statement of intent when they made Helander, a £3.5 million signing from Bologna, their most expensive signing in nine years, they also brought in a centre-half of proven international class who should, at least on paper, provide the platform for the Glasgow giants to stay in Europe after Christmas.
And it’s fair to say the giant Swede paid back a decent portion of his transfer fee when the Rotterdammers came to down.
Thanks to a stunning Sheyi Ojo strike, a match which carried a very nostalgic feel ended in jubilation for a Rangers side who have three points from three to start one of the Europa League’s most well-balanced groups.
And alongside the irrepressible Alfredo Morelos, the tireless Ryan Jack and the evergreen Allan McGregor, Helander can hold his head up high and be proud of his efforts.
The pressure was on after Helander was chosen to start just his third Rangers game ahead of the popular Nikola Katic, who was the hero of that qualifying triumph over Legia Warsaw, but the 26-year-old repaid Steven Gerrard’s faith with a display full of quality and character.
Feyenoord vanquished, three points on the board and a performance which establishes Helander at last in a Rangers shirt; s a night full of positives for Gerrard and co.
What a hard fought win! Massive 3 points in the group. Helander take a bow!!— Colin Trimble (@trimble_colin) September 19, 2019
If there's any certainty left tonight, is that Helander has to start every game. Very solid. And I'm a fan of Katic, so choose you the scapegoat.— Hernán Pacheco (@hernanfpacheco) September 19, 2019
Helander has had a cracking game— GEORGE MACKAY (@georgemackay) September 19, 2019
Filip Helander has also been superb. He hasn’t rushed into anything, he’s a composed defender who knows to shield the ball and not commit. A smart player is as valuable as a talented one - and this guy looks both. (1-0)#RANFEY #UEFAEuropaLeague— Football Chatters (@FootballChat555) September 19, 2019
Plenty of positives from that. Helander was unreal tonight, not being able to finish teams off seems to be a worrying theme to this season though— Adam (@AdamGlover1872) September 19, 2019
Helander seems like such a clever defender, always watching and tracking runs, getting his body in the way and calm on the ball, happy with that performance— Big Mac (@MacKodi) September 19, 2019
Helander quietly doing bits btw...— Ibrox Loyal (@_IbroxLoyal) September 19, 2019
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