Forgotten Rangers trialist Isherwood lined up against Celtic's Afolabi tonight

Neil Lennon, Interim manager of Celtic embraces Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 31,...

Rangers took Thomas Isherwood on trial at Ibrox last summer.

Thomas Isherwood of Ostersunds FK during the Allsvenskan match between Ostersunds FK and AIK at Jamtkraft Arena on August 25, 2019 in Ostersund, Sweden.

Rangers have welcome a whole host of trialists to the club in recent years, and many of them were unable to land permanent contracts at Ibrox.

From Gai Assulin to Vladislavs Gutkovskis and even John Eustace, a number of players have attempted to impress Rangers, but just come up short.

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One such player was defender Thomas Isherwood, who was with Bayern Munich before heading to Rangers for a trial spell last summer, as reported by the Daily Record.

 

The Gers didn't end up signing him, with Steven Gerrard looking elsewhere for defensive help – but some may have noticed him in action tonight.

Isherwood started for Sweden Under-21's in their 3-1 defeat to the Republic of Ireland tonight, meaning he was going up against Celtic's new striker Jonathan Afolabi.

Isherwood, bizarrely used as a left back, at least held things together for Sweden as they were 1-0 up when he was substituted on 62 minutes, but Ireland scored three times after he went off.

YEREVAN , ARMENIA - 21 July 2019; Jonathan Afolabi of Republic of Ireland celebrates following the 2019 UEFA U19 European Championship Finals group B match between Republic of Ireland and...

Afolabi had a goal ruled out for handball whilst Isherwood was on the pitch, and whilst some sites are accrediting Afolabi with a goal, Troy Parrott and Conor Masterson were the actual goalscorers.

Isherwood taking on a Celtic player is something that could have happened more regularly had Rangers signed him, so where has he been since his trip to Glasgow?

The centre back signed for Bradford City last summer, but was allowed to go back to Sweden in January, joining Ostersund after a dismal time in England – and it's fair to say Rangers probably made the right call not signing him, even if he did okay against Afolabi tonight.

Neil Lennon, Interim manager of Celtic embraces Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 31,...

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