Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has praised Filip Helander, as quoted on the club’s official Twitter page.

Gerrard was impressed with the display produced by Helander during Rangers’ 1-1 draw with FC Porto away from home in the Europa League on Thursday evening.

The 26-year-old Sweden international central defender was superb for the Gers and had a brilliant game at the back.

The former Malmo FF and Verona defender – who joined Rangers from Bologna in the summer transfer window for a fee reported by The Scottish Sun to be worth £3.5 million – made some very good interceptions and blocks, and looked good on the ball as well.

According to WhoScored, Helander took one shot, had a pass accuracy of 93.3%, won three headers, took 52 touches, made one tackle, two interceptions and 11 clearances, and blocked one shot.

Gerrard told Rangers’ official Twitter page about Helander: “I thought Filip Helander arrived tonight. I thought he showed the reason why we’ve got so much faith in him and why we paid the money for him.

“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.”

The draw with Porto in Portugal on Thursday evening means that Rangers are second in Europa League Group G at the moment with four points from three matches, two points behind leaders Young Boys.

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