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Alex McLeish has reacted to suggestions that Celtic could target Rangers defender Filip Helander in the Old Firm clash on Sunday afternoon.
The Swedish international was caught out in the previous 1-1 draw at Parkhead, losing Mohamed Elyounoussi who opened the scoring.
McLeish believes that Helander will have been analysing his own game since then, and will be looking to prove a point in the Scottish Cup tomorrow.
Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “They will certainly analyse things that they have seen since then.
“Again, on the flip side, guys like Helander are good professionals and will be analysing their own game and seeing where they should be better.
“Let’s face it, it was great play from Celtic, but these are the games where you can be rusty and don’t close down quick enough, and you have to be switched on.”
Helander was certainly not at his best in the last Old Firm, and the pace of Elyounoussi and Odsonne Edouard was simply too much to handle at times.
Steven Gerrard will want his side to start quicker at Ibrox though, and dominating possession would certainly help the defence settle better.
The Swede was at his best against Hibernian last time out, and it will be critical that he brings that form into the Celtic game, with our Super Fans labelling him “tremendous“.
Having experienced what they can do last time, Helander will be much better prepared and ready to prove himself against some of the best in Scotland.