With Borna Barisic failing to convince, and neither Jon Flanagan nor Andy Halliday seemingly up to the task either, Steven Gerrard may be forced into making another move in the transfer market for a left-back before the window closes.
The Rangers manager has not been able to settle on a first choice, and it could mean he is considering another signing. So, who could the Gers target before the transfer deadline? Here are four (somewhat leftfield) choices who could be available relatively cheaply.
Max Clark (Vitesse Arnhem)
The 23-year-old has been playing in Holland for the last year after joining from Hull City on a free transfer. The Englishman has been the Eredivisie side’s regular first-choice left-back putting in some consistent performances.
He is very good in one-on-one battles with opponents, winning 64.54% of his defensive duels since the start of last season. The fullback is also very good at intercepting the ball (stealing possession 6.42 times per 90 minutes).
Silvan Sidler (FC Luzern)
The defender was given his debut for the Swiss Under 21 side last September and has been putting in some very good displays in the Swiss Super League for Luzern.
Sidler is just 21 years of age but played 34 times last season after breaking through into the first team. He is very good aerially (winning 59.23% of his aerial duels), but his all-round game defensively is consistent, having averaged 9.39 successful defensive actions per match over the last year.
Fode Camara (Gazelec Ajaccio)
Currently playing in Ligue Two, the French second division, the left-back was also selected in the squad for Guinea at this summer’s African Cup of Nations. His standout attribute is his crossing with an astonishing 42.71% of his crosses finding a teammate since the start of last season.
Camara is a bit on the short side, coming in at just under 5ft 6in so he is very much an attacking fullback rather than a defender. Even so, he does win his fair share of defensive duels (59.66%) and interceptions (5.83 per 90 mins).
Birger Meling (Rosenborg)
The Norwegian has been widely tipped to join Celtic but there are currently no official bids for the player. Rangers could look to hijack the move if they have the resources to sign the left-back.
Meling is good at winning one-on-one defensive battles (64.49% since the start of last season), and he consistently crosses the ball (3.48 per game) with a high level of accuracy (36%).