By Alex McLeish

28th Sep, 2021 | 10:08am

McLeish: Rangers handed 'heartbreaking' blow after Helander injury update

Alex McLeish has admitted Rangers have been dealt a “heartbreaking” blow with Filip Helander ruled out through injury.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gers boss insisted the 28-year-old had just been getting into his stride when he was struck down.

Rangers confirmed earlier this month (15th September) Helander will be out until at least December after undergoing knee surgery.

The centre-back was stretchered off in the 2-1 win over St Johnstone.

He had scored the winning goal in this season’s first Old Firm clash against Celtic the game before.

McLeish admitted Helander’s confidence will have taken a serious nosedive after his impressive form.

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He insisted it would also big a big blow to Gerrard’s plans heading into the winter.

Asked if Helander’s injury is a hammer blow for Rangers, McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Yeah, it is. Just when he was coming to peak form.

“Scoring the goal against Celtic must have been massive for his self-belief.

“Then to get an injury, not just an injury for a couple of weeks injury but one that’ll keep you out for months, it’s heartbreaking for the kid.

“It’s a blow to Rangers because the strength and depth in defence was looking very good at this part of the scenario.

“Now he’s out for a couple of months. They’ll be looking for titanic performances from the centre-backs who are there.”

Helander made six starts across all competitions this season before being sidelined.

Gerrard has played Leon Balogun and Jack Simpson in the Sweden international’s absence.

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