Like a new signing – Gerrard reveals he missed £3.5m defender

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard said that Filip Helander’s return from injury seems “like a new signing” and the team missed his “experience and leadership”.

Signed from Bologna in a reportedly £3.5m deal, the Swedish centre-back sustained a serious foot injury in December. While the season was ended prematurely in May, Gerrard is looking forward to the defender’s return for the upcoming season. The manager said (via The Scottish Sun):

“Filip has come back in great shape but he still needs to get football fitness.

“He is a leader in how he goes about things and that will feel like a new signing as he was sorely missed.

“From Christmas onwards, we missed his experience and leadership.

“We want to improve that area and stop individual mistakes and sloppy goals. Fil will help us.”

Helander made 17 appearances in all competitions for Rangers before the injury.

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