Rangers supporters have been in high spirits in recent times after seeing their side record a third successive Scottish Premiership victory at the weekend.
Steven Gerrard’s men went into their clash with Livingston having not tasted defeat in the league since the reverse fixture against Gary Holt’s side back in September, winning four and drawing the other since then. And the Gers avenged that defeat with a routine 3-0 success at Ibrox on Saturday, with goals from Daniel Candeias, Alfredo Morelos, and Scott Arfield securing all three points for the Light Blues, in turn keeping them two points behind leaders Celtic.
As such, there have been many delighted Rangers fans up and down the country in recent times, although several may be concerned ahead of their side’s clash with Villarreal this evening, what with left back Borna Barisic still not fit enough for selection.
That will likely leave Gerrard selecting Andy Halliday, a midfielder by trade for that position, and it also may highlight to the Gers chief that he needs to solve that big problem in his squad come the New Year – and Swansea City’s Martin Olsson is the man for the job.
The 30-year-old made the move to the Liberty Stadium back in 2017 after four years at Norwich City, in which time the Sweden international proved his worth as a defender in both the Premier League and indeed the Championship.
Yes, the left back may well have suffered relegation from the English top-flight a remarkable four times during his career, twice with Norwich and once with both Blackburn Rovers and Swansea, but that doesn’t detract from how adept a defender Olsson is, and as such how much of an asset he’d be to Rangers in the second half of the season.
And with the 30-year-old out of contract at the South Wales outfit come the end of the current campaign, there could be an opportunity for Rangers to get a cut-price deal done for the defender – a deal that would seriously help them in the future.
Even when Barisic does indeed return to full fitness, he is the only senior left back at Ibrox – Jon Flanagan, a right back by trade, has struggled to fill in when called upon; Lee Wallace doesn’t appear to have a future at the club; and while Halliday has often fared better, it is surely only a matter of time before that weakness is exposed by a good side.
As such, Gerrard will surely be wary of that big problem in his squad, which is why a move for £4.5 million-rated Olsson (as per Transfermarkt) is a must come the January transfer window in a bid to solve that issue.
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