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Steven Gerrard hails Rangers defender Filip Helander for Porto display

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Steven Gerrard hails Rangers defender Filip Helander for Porto display

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard gave defender Filip Helander tremendous praise following his performance on Thursday night.

The Scottish club managed to record an impressive 1-1 draw away to Porto in the Europa League group stages.

It was certainly a point gained for the Gers on the road and it boosts their chances of qualifying, but there is still plenty of work to be done.

Luis Diaz put Portuguese outfit Porto in front with a thunderous long-range effort, but Rangers found an equaliser just before half-time through talisman Alfredo Morelos.

The Light Blues competed throughout and looked a threat going forward, while defensively they stood firm against a quality opponent.

 

Gerrard singled out Helander from the Rangers backline for his commanding display and feels he’s now arrived at Ibrox following his summer switch.

“I thought Philip Helander arrived tonight, he showed the reason why we’ve got so much faith in him and why we paid the money for him,” Gerrard said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.

“It was a performance full of composure and experience, where to be positionally, how to follow runners, how to be switched on, how to manage a game.”

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TBR’s View:

Rangers signed Helander for £3.5million (BBC) in the summer from Bologna and he’s had to be patient for his opportunities.

The centre-back made his seventh appearance of the campaign out in Portugal and was a colossus at the back.

He’s started in all three Europa League group stage fixtures and looks cut out for the level, with a number of blocks and also real composure in possession.

The 26-year-old was involved with the build up play for the Morelos equaliser and it looks like he could get more opportunities moving forward.

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