'Leader' offers balance for Gers – Gerrard
Rangers boss Stave Gerrard has hailed the leadership qualities of Filip Helander and feels he can help to balance the squad.
The Scottish outfit completing the signing of Helander for just £3million from Bologna last week and he was presented to the Ibrox crowd on Sunday.
He watched on as Gers beat Marseille 4-0 in a pre-season friendly and could make his debut in the Europa League qualifier against St Joseph's on Thursday.
Gerrard is excited to see his new arrival in action and feels he can have a huge impact on their performances next season.
Speaking to Rangers TV about Helander's "huge profile", Gerrard said: "You need that up in Scotland. He can defend the box aerially.
"We want him to help us organise and keep clean sheets and defend the goal for his life.
"For the amount of money we've paid, £3m, we believe we've got an excellent player.
"He's a left-footer, so he gives us something we haven't got. He gives us that natural balance.
"We will be able to play a back three if and when needed. He can handle the ball, he's an international player and he's another leader.
"I don't feel as if we've got enough voices on the pitch, so getting another leader in will certainly help us."
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