By Adefunmiloye Alani

9th Sep, 2021 | 9:10pm

Filip Helander hands Rangers boost, returns to action for Sweden

Filip Helander has provided Rangers with an injury boost, returning to action for Sweden against Greece on Wednesday night.

The 28-year-old centre-back was a doubt for his side’s mid-week crucial World Cup qualifiers after his starring role in last Thursday’s 2-1 win against Spain.

Helander missed Sunday’s friendly with Uzbekistan, but as shared by Glasgow Live, was back in action Wednesday night, featuring for 88 minutes in Sweden’s 2-1 defeat to the Greeks.

Bitter-sweet

Rangers would have been pleased to see their Old Firm hero return to the pitch having had to train alone in the build up to the game, but it did not yield the desired result as he struggled to inspire Sweden to a much-needed victory.

Helander was the hero against Spain but was at fault for Greece’s second goal, losing Vangelis Pavlidis for what turned out to be the winning strike.

It was not what the Bears ace would have wanted, but he clearly lacked much-needed match fitness and rhythm and would have done well on his day.

Nevertheless, the Scottish Premiership giants would be pleased that Helander will be available for Saturday’s trip to St Johnstone.

Rangers cannot afford to resume action from the international break with one of their best defenders unavailable for selection due to injury.

Manager Steven Gerrard and the other players who missed the Celtic game due to COVID-19 are also expected to be back for the trip, and having a full house is a huge boost for the Light Blues this weekend and going forward.

In other Rangers news, international manager is wowed by what Bears sensation did on Saturday.