Filip Helander set for second Rangers chance if he can get fit - Joachim Bjorklund
Filip Helander has found life at Rangers difficult in the past two years but Joachim Bjorklund believes he could be set for an Ibrox revival.
The Swedish international has been plagued with injuries both this season and last which has seen his involvement in the Light Blues team become almost non-existent as a result.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst had no real interest in playing him but with Michael Beale now at the helm, somebody he has worked with before, Bjorklund thinks the 29-year-old is set to get back into the mix.
“It’s a major boost for Filip that he’s got a coach back at the club who he knows and who has trusted him before,” Bjorklund said to the Daily Record.
“He’s been out for a long time and still has a bit to go before he’s back fit. But this might give him that little push to help him on the road back.
“He proved that he can be relied upon with his performances during the season they won the title when they conceded so few goals. If he can find his form, he’ll have a chance under Beale.”
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In theory, Beale’s return to Glasgow could give the Swede one last chance to earn a new deal at Auchenhowie but there is too much talent at the club for him to get regular game time.
Connor Goldson will be a sure-fire pick when he gets back to fitness and John Souttar could do with some minutes too having been out pretty much all season.
Leon King, though, is the biggest threat to Helander’s Rangers future having stepped up from the academy and put in some exceptional performances in very tricky circumstances.
It can’t have been in the club’s plans for him to start in crucial Champions League matches at 18 years of age but it was needs must for van Bronckhorst at the time.
Even more injury woes are needed before Helander can consider himself in line to start a run of games and even before that he has to prove his own fitness after a couple of years of chaos.
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