By Noel Whelan

20th Jul, 2020 | 7:00pm

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Noel Whelan has urged Rangers not to delve into the transfer market for a centre-half even though Filip Helander has joined Nikola Katic on the sidelines.

The former Aberdeen and Leeds United forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested Steven Gerrard drop an experienced midfielder or a youngster into the position if Helander does not recover.

The 27-year-old missed the 2-0 wins over Lyon and Nice through injury but assistant manager Gary McAllister was hopeful he would be fit for the start of the season.

The Gers were rocked by a long-term injury to first choice centre-half Nikola Katic earlier this month and Helander was expected to partner Connor Goldson in his absence.

However, Whelan does not expect Gerrard to enter the transfer market for a defender.

“This is really going to depend on the length of the injury,” he told Football Insider.

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“If it is only a couple of weeks they will be able to find a player within the club to cover or get an experienced player to drop into that role like Fernandinho has for Manchester City.

“If a player can adapt that would be better than wasting money or someone who you may not want to keep. It is better to keep it in house.

“I am sure a defensive midfielder can drop in there and do a job for a few weeks until Helander is back.”

McAllister said: “Filip has a little problem and wasn’t ready to play.

“But he should be fine for the start of the season.”

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