When the Rangers team to take on Kilmarnock was announced this afternoon, plenty of Rangers fans weren’t happy.

It wasn’t just the Ibrox faithful who were shocked, though. Journalist and BT Sport host, Darrell Currie, questioned one selection in particular, on Twitter. 

There were four changes from the side that lost to Aberdeen in midweek.

Out went Borna Barisic, Joe Worrall, Scott Arfield and Ryan Jack.

In came Andy Halliday, Nikola Katic, Steven Davis and Lassana Coulibaly.

Coulibaly has barely featured since the winter break. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It was the final inclusion there, that came under scrutiny.

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After two poor performances on the trot, alterations in midfield were expected.

Furthermore, when Steven Gerrard confirmed that both Arfield and Jack were doubts for the fixture, changes looked guaranteed.

Ross McCrorie looked nailed on to benefit.

McCrorie brings the kind of steel in midfield the Gers have been missing. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers have a superb domestic record with him in the side and he would have represented more or less a straight swap for Jack.

Yet, that’s not how Steven Gerrard saw it.


Lassana Coulibaly got the nod instead.

Few, if any, saw the call coming.

Prior to the game, the Mali international had only started once in 2019, against minnows Cowdenbeath, in the Scottish Cup.

Therefore, it was no surprise that he looked off the pace. He was substituted after 66 minutes with his team still trailing.

McCrorie, meanwhile, looked on from the bench as Rangers got back to level terms, but couldn’t find a winner.

An odd one, to say the least.