By Pranav Shahaney

11th Jan, 2023 | 2:10pm

Rangers defender Filip Helander mooted to return to Malmo after Ibrox deal runs out in June

Rangers defender Filip Helander has been linked with a potential return to his boyhood club Malmo on the expiration of his deal at Ibrox.

According to Aftonbladet [10 January], the 29-year-old remains a crowd favourite back at the Swedish club and could return after his contract runs out on 30 June.

Thus far, there has been no official word from the club over an extension and his future continues to remain up in the air.

Cash in this month?

Rather than allowing a player who’s still got a few years left in the tank to leave on a free transfer, Gers must be proactive in January.

Ross Wilson needs to start offering him to Malmo and other clubs that would potentially be interested in signing a centre-back this month.

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Helander is certainly a good option for a number of clubs and if they get a good deal in terms of transfer fees, they will certainly consider making a move for him.

If Michael Beale thinks that he can get a tune out of him then the least Rangers must do is give him a one-year contract.

That will ensure that the club is protected in case Beale decides after a few months that he does not want the Sweden international at the club any longer.

Hopefully, a decision is reached sooner rather than later as it’s important for the club to reinvest any money received from player sales towards new signings.

In other Rangers news, the club are now fancying their chances of major a January transfer after Fabrizio Romano’s update with a move on the cards.