The Gers completed the capture of the £3.5 million centre-back last week, with the 26-year-old arriving on a four-year deal from Italian side Bologna.
Helander, capped 10 times by Sweden, was paraded in-front of the Rangers supporters during half-time of yesterday’s 4-0 friendly win over French giants Marseille, and Gerrard insists the arrival is not only great value for money but also very important to the evolution of his starting XI.
Speaking via the Sun, Gerrard explained: “At £3 million for him, we’ve done really well.
“If you look at what is going on in the market in front of us, in England and around the world for a centre back, £3 million is money well spent. But he has to go and prove it now.
“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 international with his height and profile – he ticks a lot of the boxes we were looking for.
“We are relieved to get it over the line and now our centre back positions are set for what is hopefully going to be a 60-game season.
“He naturally gives us balance as a left footer.
“That enables us to play with a two or with a back three. He will be able to defend our box and be a threat at set pieces.
“He is comfortable on the ball. He’s a good man, he’s a leader.
“We do need more voices out there if we want to challenge for the top prizes. He is another good type through the door.
“We will naturally try and move some people out of the door because the squad is too big and bloated right now.
“Over the coming weeks, we hope to move some on. It’s very difficult to meet everyone’s ambitions in terms of game time. Everyone wants to start every game.”
With fellow defender George Edmundson also checking into Ibrox this summer, it appears the club’s defensive ranks have been reinforced – but will it be enough to topple Celtic?
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