Rangers star Fil Helander has opened up on his Euro 2020 experience with the Sweden national team and has set his sights on next winter’s World Cup after reaching the last 16.

Helander was used sparingly at the Euros and the Rangers defender is back and raring to go for the Scottish champions as they gear up for the new campaign getting underway next weekend.

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Despite losing out to the Ukraine in the round of 16, Helander admits it was “special” to get his chance to play at a major tournament and the Rangers star hopes they can improve ahead of the World Cup in Qatar next year.

“It was a good experience. I enjoyed it. Unfortunately, we couldn’t go as far as we wanted,” Helander told Rangers TV.

“I think we are quite used to [the travel]. We do that a lot when we play for the national team, travelling back and forth.

“I don’t think that was a big issue. But, of course, with the restrictions and everything with the virus, it was maybe a little bit more difficult than what it normally is.

“Of course it is always special to play in a big tournament. I enjoyed it.

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“I tried to enjoy it as much as possible. Unfortunately the result wasn’t what we wanted.

“That (improve ahead of the World Cup) is what we need to try and do. I think we have a good team and we showed glimpses of it during this tournament.

“We have some good players. Hopefully we can be a bit more successful.”

Swedish star vital to Rangers’ title defence this season

Incredibly, Helander is still to taste defeat in a Scottish Premiership fixture as he enters his third season at Ibrox.

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The Swedish international is vital for the Light Blues and his partnership with Connor Goldson played a huge rule in last season’s successes.

Having only just return to training after an extended break, it will be interesting to see whether Helander is involved this weekend when the Gers face Brighton and Real Madrid.

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