Jackie McNamara claims that Rangers defender Filip Helander is making himself undroppable to manager Steven Gerrard after his recent performances at the heart of the defence.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Scotland international says that the 26-year-old is making it very difficult for the boss to consider dropping him from the side, having scored the winning goal against Motherwell.
Gerrard had namechecked the Swedish international as one of his top performers in the 1-1 draw with Porto in the Europa League and, having kept the centre back in on their return to domestic action, he was rewarded with a goal in Sunday’s 2-1 victory.
"Tonight, we were Rangers."
"It would have been a crime if we didn't take something from this game."
"Filip Helander arrived tonight. He summed up the reason we paid decent money for him."
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 24, 2019
Having seen Helander take Nikola Katic’s place in the starting XI over the last week, McNamara says that it is going to be tough for Gerrard to hand the Croatian his place back thanks to his teammate’s fine performances.
Asked if Helander was looking undroppable, McNamara told Football Insider: “Yeah, but it’s a good problem for him to have. He’ll want to keep the standard up and that the other ones there keep pushing each other.
“Obviously they’ll know that he has the squad there so that he can make decisions and cover that, if you like, and get the players up to the demands.”
Helander has played just eight times for the Gers since swapping Bologna for Glasgow, with his start against Motherwell just his third league appearance from a possible 10.
He has been trusted to play every minute of the Light Blues’ Europa League campaign, while he has also been a mainstay when it comes to the League Cup games.