By Alex McLeish

17th Sep, 2021 | 5:00pm

Gerrard has 'brain-wrecking' headache after shattering Rangers blow - McLeish

Alex McLeish is concerned Rangers are “a wee bit thin” in the centre back position when it comes to European games.

The former Gers boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the latest Ibrox injury news.

On Wednesday (15 September), Gerrard confirmed Filip Helander has had surgery and will be missing for the “foreseeable future”.

The club then confirmed the defender would be missing until “after December”.

This leaves Rangers with Connor Goldson and Leon Balogun as the only natural centre backs in the Gers’ European squad.

Jack Simpson didn’t make the cut and Nikola Katic will spend the season on loan at Hajduk Split.

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When asked if Gerrard had made a mistake by not including Simpson, McLeish leapt to his defence.

“When you are a manager picking the European squad, it can really wreck your brain,” McLeish told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

“You think about whether you are doing the right thing then something happens the next day and it looks like you have made the wrong decision.

“Simpson is yet to show he can be a top player for Rangers. Was it the right decision to leave him out?

“No one knew Helander was going to pick up this injury but it does leave them a wee bit thin.

“Rangers can adjust though, James Tavernier can move inside and Nathan Patterson can play there in right-back.

“They do have some cover.”

Rangers have not looked as defensively sound as they did at the start of last season.

The Gers broke a long-standing Premiership record by keeping seven straight clean sheets at the start of the campaign.

In other news, West Ham set sights on signings Rangers player after offers rejected.