FILIP Helander saw his first Rangers goal taken off him in the Betfred Cup and then nearly missed seeing his winner against Motherwell hitting the net.

The centre-half opened his scoring account officially to snatch three points for the Gers in the 80th minute on Sunday – keeping Rangers second on goal difference in the Premiership.

The Swede’s goal against East Fife in August was given as an own goal in the end but there was no denying the 26-year-old this “fantastic feeling” at Ibrox after heading home from a James Tavernier corner.

It has been a big week for the summer signing from Serie A side Bologna. He started the Europa League draw against Porto and was colossal next to Connor Goldson with Steven Gerrard saying he had arrived with the performance.

Speaking to RangersTV he said: “It was a fantastic feeling to score and it got us three points.

“It was a great corner from Tav and there was a lot of traffic in the box but I got my head to it.

“I was on the ground and had a guy over me so I just saw the ball go into the back of the net and it was a fantastic feeling. I never got to celebrate it properly but I didn’t know how to anyway!

“We create a lot of corners and free-kicks so there are good opportunities to score a lot of goals. Hopefully I get to score a few more.”

Motherwell made Rangers work hard for their victory and Helander had strong words about the Light Blues’ opening period.

He continued: “It was a tough game, I think we were terrible in the first half, the second half was better but still, it wasn’t a good performance but it is three points.

“I think they had a good game plan, they were playing wide with their two strikers and it caused a bit of a problem for us.

“There were many parts we didn’t do well, we didn’t do the basic stuff well enough but we’ll take the win.

“I am not going to say exactly what the manager was saying at half-time but we hadn’t done well and we had to try and change a few things.”

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