Rangers star Filip Helander rejoined his Ibrox teammates this week after an extended break thanks to his involvement at Euro 2020 and the Swedish international has his sights set on making the Champions League group stage.

Helander’s former side Malmo look like being the first hurdles for the Gers to overcome after taking a 2-1 lead over HJK Helsinki in last night’s first leg clash, and the Ibrox star believes reaching the groups would be something for Steven Gerrard’s stars to be proud of.

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The Sweded is excited to get back to work with his Rangers teammates as he looks to replicate the title domination of last season while also aiming to improve in the domestic cups.

“It has been great to see all the boys. It looks like they have been training hard,” Helander told Rangers TV.

“I have just come back so I haven’t been training that much. It looks like they have been training hard and getting up to speed.

“Absolutely [I am ready to join in]. I have got my rest now. It was a little bit shorter than the rest of the players but I am looking forward to getting back.

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“There are always going to come new challenges and we just want to replicate what we did last season in terms of the league. And then try to perform better in the cups.

“Of course, I think for all the players, to reach the Champions League would be a great achievement and something that we would take a lot of pride in.”

Helander’s importance for Rangers can’t be understated

Incredibly, Helander is still to taste defeat for Rangers in a league game – despite preparing for his third season at Ibrox.

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The Ibrox colossus will be crucial as the Light Blues look to defend their title this season and the possibility of returning to Malmo is one he’ll surely relish.

After Rangers lost to the Swedes in their last outing in the Champions League tean years ago, there will be even more reason for the Gers to want the win.

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