Rangers boss Steven Gerrard says £3m Filip Helander a bargain buy

GLASGOW SCOTLAND- JULY 07 Joe Aribo of Rangers is seen in action during the pre season friendly match between Rangers and Oxford United at Ibrox Stadium

GLASGOW SCOTLAND- JULY 07 Joe Aribo of Rangers is seen in action during the pre season friendly match between Rangers and Oxford United at Ibrox Stadium

Speaking after his side's friendly win over Marseille, Gerrard said: "We will, naturally, try to move people out the door because the squad is bloated and too big at the moment".

"Over the coming weeks, we hope to move some on".

"It's very hard to meet everyone's ambitions in terms of game time because everyone wants to start every game and it's hard to do so".

"If there's something out there that will suit the player and the club then I'll respect that".

"In terms of incomings, we're near enough done", he said.

The official report from Rangers FC read: "RANGERS are delighted to announce the signing of Swedish defender Filip Helander from Bologna, subject to worldwide clearance".

Rangers have officially signed 26-year-old centre-back Filip Helander from Bologna - the club announced on Saturday.

Gerrard is very much a manager for setting high standards, and to that extent, he was pleased the players' level never dropped in the 90 minutes despite a number of changes being made during the game.

"That's how we want to look at Ibrox".

"For the amount of money we have paid - £3m - we feel we have an excellent player".

Half-time this afternoon saw new signing Filip Helander being introduced to the crowd at Ibrox with the manager saying of him: "You can see straight away he has a huge profile and you need that in Scotland - he's 6'4" - so he can defend the box aerially, he is a left-footer so he gives us something we haven't got.

"It's a position where we have been looking for the right solution for a long time".

"To have someone of his calibre, a Swedish worldwide with his height and profile - he ticks a lot of the boxes we were looking for".

The Gers have enjoyed success in pre-season and have yet to concede a goal in their two friendly games against Oxford United and Marseille, respectively.

He told RangersTV: "I was very impressed and I thought it was an outstanding performance from a team point of view, and obviously across the board, there were a lot of very strong performances".

"So it was a great test for us and we have passed it with flying colours". And join us at 7pm for the definitive round-up of the day's news with The Transfer Show.

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