Glasgow Rangers set up a Betfred Cup quarter final date with Livingston when they eased past lowly East Fife 3-0 on Sunday afternoon, and after the match their fans reflected on the performance from a man who made his debut in the outing.
Gers boss Steven Gerrard took advantage of the clash with the lower league side to rotate his players, after his side were in action on Thursday night in the Europa League, and who face Legia Warsaw in the same competition later this week.
A number of fringe players and debutants came into the line up, and one of them had a big impact on the match. That was Rangers’ summer signing Filip Helander, the defender who arrived from Bologna.
The Sweden international spent the early part of the close season away with his nation in European Championship qualifying action, and got his first taste of football in a Gers shirt at East Fife.
Helander set the first goal up for veteran Jermaine Defoe, and then added the second one himself, in an impressive display in his first Rangers outing of the season, one which gave the feeling there was still plenty more to come from him too.
Another summer signing for the Gers put the gloss on the scoring when Joe Aribo bagged the third late on, and while the former Charlton Athletic midfielder was the man of the match for yet another midfield masterclass, it was the Swedish defender who got plenty of attention on social media after the final whistle.
Rangers fans were impressed with what they saw from their debutant in the main, with many feeling he completely strolled the game.
While that would be expected against such opposition, there was enough to suggest he could be a key man for the Gers as the campaign goes on, as supporters noticed.
Here are some of their messages:
i’ve liked helander and edmundson tbh
— Ayden Gardiner (@aydengardiner) August 18, 2019
Helander MOTM surely. Goal, assist and a clean sheet on his debut what more can you ask 🤷🏻♂️
— Ross Brown 🇬🇧 (@RossBrown25) August 18, 2019
Helander and Aribo were machines the day
— ™️ (@scxtt1872) August 18, 2019
Helander and Aribo were standouts as well as Fods
— Curtis 🇭🇷🇧🇦 (@1872Curtis) August 18, 2019
That was a slog. Don’t think we can take much from that, but I did think Helander looked good.
— Euan (@euangtaylor) August 18, 2019
Job done. Helander and Defoe giving Gerrard something to think about.
— Tommo (@RFC39574749) August 18, 2019
Don't see what everyone's issue with Helander was. He did ok in absolutely awful conditions.
— Chris McCoy (@C_McCoy72) August 18, 2019
Happy enough with that. Rather slack on the ball at times but professional enough for the most part and good to score a few more goals. Aribo, Foderingam and Helander arguably the pick of the bunch and good for some of the fringe players to get a run out. Onwards and upwards!
— Frankie (@GersnetOnline) August 18, 2019
Professional performance in shite conditions! Never had to get out of first gear. Aribo and Defoe stand outs for me, good to see Helander get a run out and I can’t help but want Hastie to do well 👌🏻💙🇬🇧
— DazRFC🇬🇧 (@RagnarGers) August 18, 2019
Helander looks like an old fashioned no nonsense centre half 🇬🇧👍
— Neil Murray (@Muzzmurr77) August 18, 2019