By Noel Whelan

20th Sep, 2021 | 9:07am

Rangers tipped to land Premier League defender in January after update - Whelan

Noel Whelan claims Rangers could dip into the Premier League loan market to add cover for their defence this January.

The former Aberdeen hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to a Gers injury blow.

On Wednesday (15 September), Steven 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 Connor Goldson, Leon Balogun and Jack Simpson as Rangers only natural centre backs with Nikola Katic out on loan.

Goldson and Simpson started against Motherwell on Sunday as Gerrard’s side drew and failed to keep a clean sheet in the league for the fourth time this season.

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Whelan claims another injury to the defence would seriously disrupt the club’s season.

When asked if Helander’s injury could force Rangers into the transfer market, Whelan told Football Insider‘s Ben Wild, “Yeah, quite possibly.

“It depends on if and when he comes back. If he comes back fine by January then there is a case to say you don’t need anyone else.

“But what if someone else gets injured? Then you are right back in the same position.

“You are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. We know what the window is like in January, you pay over the odds and don’t sign players you actually want.

“If they do anything it will be a loan deal for a Premier League player, I would imagine.

“Someone who needs game time. They might just need that cover and backup.

“Signing a player in January becomes very expensive for any club. It’s an unfortunate situation for Gerrard, he needs to figure this one out.”

In other news, Rangers could sell Patterson for initial £4m after newspaper reveal – pundit.