Helander critical of fellow Scottish Premiership sides


Rangers defender Filip Helander says too many teams in the Scottish Premiership play long ball football and try to “ruin” games.

The Swede is just getting his first taste of Scotland following a £3.5million move from Bologna in the summer.

His debut was delayed following the excellent form of Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic but he has broken into the first team in recent weeks, making six appearances in all competitions.

Injury ruled him out of Sunday’s 5-0 thrashing of Hamilton at Ibrox, a result which saw Rangers climb to the top of the table following Celtic’s defeat by Livingston earlier that afternoon.

Helander is now with the Sweden national team who are preparing for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Malta and Spain, but is doubtful for both of those game as he still carries the injury which kept him on the sidelines last weekend.

The 26-year-old, speaking about his time in Scotland so far, says he has enjoyed playing his football in the country but admits there are a lot of teams who try and stifle Rangers with long balls and physicality.

“I’ve enjoyed it. It’s a different type of game compared to Italy,” he said. “Scottish football and Italian football both fit my style quite well. It’s very physical in Scotland. There’s really a lot of long balls and our opponents are a lot worse than us. They try to ruin games, but you learn from that too.”

Rangers have been in great form since the 2-0 home Old Firm loss to Celtic and have scored 14 goals in their last three games without reply.

They travel to Hearts after the international break on October 19.