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Despite Celtic’s best efforts, the Glasgow Rangers maintained their 16-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership with a 2-0 win at St. Mirren on Wednesday night.
The Rangers have now won four in a row across all competitions as they appear to have shaken the lingering effects of a 3-2 loss to the Saints in the Scottish League Cup earlier this month.
However, Jim Goodwin’s team threatened to derail their momentum as they came close to toppling the league leaders on several occasions, only to be repulsed by the combined efforts of Connor Goldson and Allan McGregor.
Goldson was colossal at the rear, but Filip Helander’s latest display left a lot to be desired, which will no doubt give Steven Gerrard genuine cause for concern ahead of Old Firm’s clash with Celtic at the weekend.
Was Filip Helander poor in front of St. Mirren?
The Swedish central defender became known as a star signing when he first arrived at Ibrox after signing from Bologna for a four-year contract for a £ 3.5m reported fee in 2019.
But Helander has looked shaky in the back at best when in possession and flaky when defending, and his last performance against the Saints was a prime example of performances. Rangers fans expected of the Swedish international, who spent three seasons with the Serie A team.
The Gers could have managed a comfortable 2-0 win over the Saints, but the center-back was lousy as he lost possession 21 times throughout the game. It’s hard to point the finger directly at any particular player after such a strong team performance overall, but Helander was a bit tricky.
He was also caught out of position at the rear on a regular basis, particularly in the first half, as Jonathan Obika came close to scoring twice in quick succession, fouling in the process, according to SofaScore.
It sounds crazy to say after such a comfortable score, but the Swede badly betrayed Gerrard last night.
Although Helander took 96 touches of the ball, he struggled to make all that possession count as he failed to register a single cross pass or a single key pass, despite playing the full 90 minutes.
After staying on the bench against Hibernian, this was his chance to make a real statement with Leon Balogun waiting behind the scenes, but it’s fair to say he did anything but after massively disappointing his manager with his display last night. He can only be thankful that Goldson put on a world performance alongside him in the back.
In fact, it is worth noting only Steven Davis received a worse rating than the struggling defender. We must admit that it would be a bit of a surprise to see him start within a few days after such a sad performance.
And in other news, Glasgow Rangers defender Connor Goldson stole the show against St. Mirren …