Rangers midfielder Lassana Coulibaly scores first goal since September
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Rangers midfielder Lassana Coulibaly scores first goal since September

Last night’s Scottish Cup tie passed over without any major drama.
There was a controversial penalty award which drew the ire of fans, but in terms of the end result, it mattered little.

Referee, Craig Thompson, came in for criticism from Bears. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

The Gers eased into the Fifth Round, setting up a tie away at Kilmarnock.

The Cowdenbeath tie did feature one particularly rare event, though.
A Lassana Coulibaly goal.
It doubled Rangers’ advantage in the 26th minute. After Jermain Defoe had a shot blocked, the Mali international pounced and steered the ball into the roof of the net from close range.

The midfielder is congratulate by his teammates after making it 2-0. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It was his first goal in four months and only his second in Rangers colours.
Before the Cup tie, the Angers loanee’s most recent strike came at home against Dundee on 15th September.
That’s almost 20 matches since he last got himself on the scoresheet.

It should prove to be a real confidence booster for the 22-year-old.

Coulibaly has 12 international caps for Mali. (Photo by Johan Eyckens/Soccrates/Getty Images)

He made a great impression with his early performances, but failed to consistently reach those heights as the first half of the season wore on.

With increased competition in midfield after this month’s window, he needs to kick on if he wants game time.
He made a start last night, with a fairly solid overall display.
Clearly, some Rangers fans were pleased to see him back among the goals.