Swedish international left-back Martin Olsson is without a club after leaving Swansea City in the summer.

Now 31, the former Premier League football is certainly not getting any younger.

But for this season, many thought Olsson could have proven a reliable stop-gap to Rangers’ troubles at left-back.

Olsson had a goal ruled out for his offside in his last international tie for Sweden – a 2-0 win against Russia in November 2018. (Photo by MICHAEL CAMPANELLA/Getty Images)

Reports in June even claimed that Rangers had “held talks” with the 47 times capped Swede [Scottish Sun].

Later reports eventually claimed the earlier ones were wide of the mark [Daily Record].

That kind of makes sense when you consider the player only played four times for Swansea in the English Championship last season and hasn’t played for Sweden since November 2018.

Whilst his availability might mark Olsson out as a viable option – his last year and a half probably doesn’t.

It also explains why Rangers probably opted against moving for the once pacey and mobile full-back.

Olsson was deemed surplus to requirements at previous club Swansea. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

Steven Gerrard’s troubles on the left-hand side of the pitch have been well documented, even if the Gers gaffer said the deputising Jon Flanagan was the only player with pass marks against Celtic [Daily Record].

But it does appear like we’re going to stick to our guns going into this half of the season at least.

After Borna Barisic announced himself in the Scottish game with a curling free-kick against St. Mirren, could the Croatian international yet stand up and be counted in the position?

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