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Helander signs

RANGERS are delighted to announce the signing of Swedish defender Filip Helander from Bologna, subject to international clearance.

The 6ft 4in centre half has spent the last four seasons in Italy’s top flight, Serie A, but will now join the Light Blues on a four-year deal.

Helander, 26, is a regular in Janne Andersson’s Swedish international side and in 2015 he won the European Under-21 Championship with his country.

Helander today said: “I am delighted to be joining Rangers, it’s a special club with tremendous fans and a unique history.

“The opportunity to work with a manager like Steven Gerrard was an easy decision to make.

“I’ve come here to battle for every point and to win trophies and I’m looking forward to meeting my teammates and getting started."
Before that, he started his career at Malmo, making his debut at the age of 18 and winning the league title in 2013 and a league and Swedish Super Cup double in 2014, a year in which he was named Allsvenskan defender of the year. Helander also experienced Europa League and Champions League football with his hometown club.

In July 2015, at the age of 22, he moved to Verona in Italy and in his first season he made 26 appearances and scored two goals, against Lazio and Inter.

A season-long loan switch to Bologna followed in August 2016 and Helander then joined the Rossoblu (red and blues) permanently a year later for a reported fee of £1.8 million.

In 2016/17 and 2017/18 the towering stopper made 41 appearances at club level before being named in Sweden’s squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

He added a further 24 last season and featured in four of Sweden’s European Championship qualifying matches this year – against Romania and Norway in March and Malta and Spain in June.

A combative, strong performer who has experience of playing at the highest level, Helander will now provide Steven Gerrard with another excellent defensive option to play alongside Connor Goldson, Nikola Katic or George Edmundson in the centre of the Gers backline.

posted on 13/7/19

Davie weir was, slow never done us any harm, he looks strong, big and should be nodding out the crosses coming in

posted on 13/7/19

comment by Fan Gillhaus 1903 (U3339)
posted 35 minutes ago
A regular? Scott McKenna has more caps for Scotland than he does for Sveden
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Can't possibly see McKenna ever being capped for Sweden

posted on 13/7/19

He’s started every game in the last 6 months

comment by Sjb1888 (U5188)

posted on 13/7/19

comment by puyolsnohadahaircut (U6410)
posted 10 minutes ago
Davie weir was, slow never done us any harm, he looks strong, big and should be nodding out the crosses coming in
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Its true, if you read the game well enough and have good positioning you can have a good career, especially in Scotland.

posted on 13/7/19

comment by Sjb1888 (U5188)
posted 49 minutes ago
comment by I'm not as think as you drunk I am.......... (U2115)
posted 36 minutes ago
comment by Sjb1888 (U5188)
posted 18 minutes ago
Heard he's very slow, didn't get a game at the world cup, whilst Lustig was a mainstay....

So he's not as good as a past it Lustig.
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Jealousy screams ..waiting at the lights, know what I mean....
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Just trying to give you lads the down low.

Don't shoot the messenger.
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Scary

comment by Sjb1888 (U5188)

posted on 13/7/19

comment by RenegadeOF (U9457)
posted 1 minute ago
He’s started every game in the last 6 months
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Heard he was dropped when Bologna's new manager took over.

comment by Miller (U9310)

posted on 13/7/19

comment by Sjb1888 (U5188)
posted 2 minutes ago
comment by RenegadeOF (U9457)
posted 1 minute ago
He’s started every game in the last 6 months
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Heard he was dropped when Bologna's new manager took over.
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I think he meant for Sweden

comment by Sjb1888 (U5188)

posted on 13/7/19

comment by Miller (U9310)
posted 9 minutes ago
comment by Sjb1888 (U5188)
posted 2 minutes ago
comment by RenegadeOF (U9457)
posted 1 minute ago
He’s started every game in the last 6 months
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Heard he was dropped when Bologna's new manager took over.
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I think he meant for Sweden
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Ah

comment by timmy (U14278)

posted on 13/7/19

comment by Sjb1888 (U5188)
posted 2 hours, 11 minutes ago
comment by puyolsnohadahaircut (U6410)
posted 10 minutes ago
Davie weir was, slow never done us any harm, he looks strong, big and should be nodding out the crosses coming in
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Its true, if you read the game well enough and have good positioning you can have a good career, especially in Scotland.
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Davie wier never. Not as a player or a manager.

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