Celtic should move for out-of-contract defender Martin Olsson

By Hamish Carton

June 6, 2019

If Celtic are looking for a cheap backup to Kieran Tierney this summer then Swedish full-back Martin Olsson may tick all of the boxes.

The 31-year-old has recently departed Swansea City at the end of his contract. Olsson featured 69 times in two and a half seasons for the Welsh side and has also enjoyed lengthy spells with Blackburn Rovers and Norwich City in a career spent fully in England.

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A recent report from Swedish outlet Expressen detailed Rangers as one of a number of clubs interested in Olsson.

The defender has been capped 48 times by Sweden so he’ll be familiar with Mikael Lustig. Should the right-back have a word with his international teammate and convince him of a Celtic move?

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Cover is badly needed

Celtic are undoubtedly short in the left-back area. Only Kieran Tierney, Jonny Hayes and Calvin Miller are options there at present. Hayes shouldn’t be considered as a long-term candidate for the role as he’s better further up the pitch while Miller may not have much of a future at the club.

Signing Olsson would make sense for Celtic. The 31-year-old has proven himself to be a reliable player over the past decade down south. He would cost no transfer fee and would probably not demand too high a wage either.

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We must sign another left-back this summer to take the heat off the weary Tierney. The Scotland international has been heavily relied upon in recent seasons and that may have caused his recent injury worries. Celtic must strengthen in his position and Olsson looks like an obvious candidate to do so.