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Bedoya joins Swedish side Helsingborgs IF

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The 25-year-old joined Rangers from Orebro last summer, but has returned to Sweden and one of his first games for his new club could be against Rangers rivals Celtic in the Champions League play-offs.

The midfielder commenting via his twitter page, said: “Hard decisions need made! I’ve decided to move on but am extremely grateful at opportunity to have played at Rangers! Thanks for support!

“Looking forward to joining up with my new team-mates at Helsingborg tomorrow for my first training session!”

Bedoya failed to become a regular with the Glasgow side, making just 13 appearances and despite returning to pre-season training following many high-profile departures, the American made it clear that he wanted to move on.

On the 30th July, Scotzine contacted the Swedish club, and their spokesman at the time stated: “The Swedish transfer window starts on Wednesday, that always starts rumors. But we don’t comment any rumors.”

But now that the transfer has been made official, a Helsingborgs spokesperson said: “As you know we can’t comment rumors. But now when it’s official we can admit that you where ‘right on target’.”

Helsingborgs currently lie sixth in the Swedish First Division, six points behind Elfsborg.

Speaking to the official Helsingborgs’ website, Bedoya said: “I have to honest and admit that I had not imagined I would be back, but my first spell in Sweden was good. I will return to a very strong club with a lot of tradition in Sweden and also in Europe. Things are going well for the team now and I think it’s a good club for me to go to.

“I’m very excited. It’s been a couple of tough months, but I look forward to starting a new journey. It was a turbulent time. I had a lot of problems, so it was not that funny, but I loved my time in Glasgow. I learned and grew a lot.”

HIF sporting director Jesper Jansson commented on the acquisition of the American, he said: “We saw an opportunity in that Rangers have gone bankrupt, so are therefore able to sign Alejandro on a short-term contract. It is a win-win situation. He may shine for HIF and we get a good player for a major part of the Premier League and the Europa League or Champions League.

“We know him very well from his time in Örebro. We know that he is strong in the box and that he can play in different positions…. a player style we need. “

Meanwhile, after the Champions League draw pitted the Swedish side with Celtic, the HIF spokesperson added: “The draw against Celtic is a very nice draw for us. It’ll be a very difficult match for us, but we think we may have a chance to reach the group stage. Celtic is probably the only team from the seeded group that can sell out all tickets for the match in Helsingborg.”

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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