By Will Butcher

Leon Osman has revealed that he would have joined Rangers earlier this season if an approach had been made by Mark Warburton’s side.

Last month, the Scottish Sun claimed the two-time England international had been pinpointed as the Gers’ top January target, as Warburton looked to strengthen his midfield.

The 35-year-old has been without a club since his Everton contract expired at Goodison Park in the summer.

Speaking to Sky Sports’ Premier League Daily Show on Wednesday, Osman revealed that he was flattered by the Gers interest but revealed that it is now too late for him to move to Ibrox.

“If Rangers had asked me to join two or three months ago, absolutely,” Osman said. “I was looking to sign for a new team and I would have been flattered by Rangers interest.

“Now I’m moving on I’ve gone past the point of playing. I don’t think I would be able to get back to that level of playing.”

The Gers are desperate to bolster their midfield ranks this month, after Niko Kranjcar and Jordan Rossiter continue to fight long-term injuries.

Josh Windass has struggled with a number of muscle injuries, while Joey Barton decided to part company with the 54-time Scottish champions before rejoining Burnley on a free.

However, Warburton has now strengthened his midfield ranks by bringing in USA international Emerson Hyndman from Bournemouth on loan until the end of the season.

Football Insider verdict:

Leon Osman could have been a top signing immediately after leaving Premier League side Everton, with plenty of top-flight experience and ability to offer. If Rangers had made overtures he would have been interested but, for whatever reason, that never transpired. Now, six months out of the game, the midfield stalwart has admitted that he’s lost his level and the Gers have let what could have been a good signing get away from them. It now looks like Osman will call time on his playing career to focus solely on his career in front of TV cameras. 

In other Rangers transfer news, this international winger is close to sealing a move to Warburton’s side.

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