By Adefunmiloye Alani

2nd Sep, 2021 | 7:10am

Rangers ace Filip Helander reveals there was summer interest in him

Rangers centre-back Filip Helander has admitted that clubs were keen on him during the summer transfer window, but none made a concrete move.

Aftonbladet reported back in June that both Leicester City and Aston Villa were keen on the 28-year-old Sweden international.

However, Helander remains a Rangers player following the closure of the window, and he is keen to remain at Ibrox and fight for his shirt.

“I know there was interest, but it was not much more than that. Nothing became concrete,” the Swede said (via The Scottish Sun).

“But I feel good and have no stress that it didn’t happen. I haven’t always been in the team due to the number of games we have had and the injury I had. It’s been a bit of both.

“I’ve still been feeling the injury and we have had a lot of matches. But of course, you always want to play as many games as possible.

“It was a lot of fun and cool to score the winning goal in such a big match. I rank it very high, it was perhaps my most important goal in my career.”

Hero

Helander was the hero against Celtic on Sunday, with his second-half goal proving to be the winner in a keenly-contested Old Firm clash.

It was his second league game of the season, and he might not have played had all the players been available.

Rangers right-back options James Tavernier and Nathan Patterson were both in self-isolation having been identified as close contacts from their trip to face Ross County early last month.

As a result, Leon Balogun was deployed at right-back, with Helander playing alongside Connor Goldson at centre-back.

The defender showed exactly why clubs in the Premier League are keeping tabs on him with a terrific performance at both ends of the pitch.

He is not likely to leave Ibrox anytime soon, but suitors will continue to watch him, and things could change next summer if he helps his country to the World Cup and impresses at the tournament.

For now, Steven Gerrard’s side have enough depth at the back after holding on to everybody, and that would boost their chances of retaining the Scottish Premiership title and impressing in the Europa League.

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