By Ben Wild

8th Nov, 2020 | 11:48am

Int'l manager raves about Rangers ace despite horror show v Benfica

Sweden boss Janne Andersson has praised Filip Helander’s development despite his terrible performance for Rangers against Benfica in midweek

The Gers drew 3-3 on Thursday and Helander was at fault for two of Benfica’s goals as the Portuguese side stole a point with two late efforts.

The Rangers defender was called up to Sweden’s national team for November’s games against Denmark, Croatia and France and Andersson has said the 27-year-old ‘won’t bow down’.

Andersson is quoted by The Daily Record as saying, “Filip has had a good season for both the national team and his club Rangers so far. That makes me happy. I first watched Filip as an 18-year-old youngster at Malmo.

“He’s a reliable defender with a great sense of where to place himself on the pitch. Filip’s also a very tough player who won’t bow down. I value him very highly and he has continued to develop as a player since moving to Rangers.

“I’m really happy that his move to Rangers looks to have been a good step for his career and from what I’ve heard about Steven Gerrard, he’s a great manager.”

Rangers looked as if they were sure to claim all three points at Estadio da Luz on Thursday but goals in the 77th and 91st minute meant that Steven Gerrard’s side left Portugal with just one point.

The Swede stumbled and prevented Allan McGregor from stopping Darwin Nunez’s cross as Rafa Silva prodded the ball into an empty net to start the Benfica comeback. He also lost his man for Benfica’s third, allowing Nunez to run through and level things up.

These were uncharacteristic mistakes from Helander who has largely impressed since his move from Bologna in 2019. Gers fans will be hoping he can recover his form on international duty and return to Ibrox ready to help with his side’s title push.

We have predicted that Helander will be dropped for Sunday’s game against Hamilton Academical and he could be replaced by Leon Balogun as Gerrard won’t risk more mistakes from the 27-year-old as his side look to pull further away from Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

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