The loan Rangers have certainly been largely doing the trick for Rangers this season.
Whilst Lassana Coulibaly has gone off form, he did start the campaign impeccably well. Add that to both Ryan Kent and Ovie Ejaria’s fine displays at Ibrox and you can still consider all three to have been successful so far.
Then, of course, there is the likes of Umar Sadiq and Joe Worrall. Whilst Worrall perhaps deserves to be put in a more positive light than Sadiq, the fact is that both haven’t impressed.
It looks as though Sadiq’s time at Ibrox is up, but we can learn a lot about the rest of the loan stars over the course of December. Why? Because they’ll all be featuring on a consistent basis in big games.
There are too many huge matches in a short space of time for Steven Gerrard to stick with one regular starting XI. Whilst the likes of Coulibaly and Worrall haven’t overly impressed, they will see game-time.
Rangers men or Rangers boys?
As for Kent and Ejaria, the Liverpool loan-stars, we’re about to find out whether they’re Rangers men or Rangers boys. Will they shrink when Celtic come calling in December? Will they thrive in the heated atmospheres of Tynecastle and Easter Road respectively? These are burning questions that are going to be answered.
Coulibaly is a ball-winner, and a midfield destroyer when on his game. It’s therefore going to be down to him to stop the better side’s flair players when he plays. Whilst he hasn’t had a great campaign on loan from Angers, he could throw himself back into the spotlight with a good December.
Worrall is likely to play second-fiddle to both Connor Goldson and Gareth McAuley, but he will get his chance. Whether that be against Florian Kemberi, Steven Naismith, or Odsonne Edouard – he’ll get his moment. It would do him the power of good to have a good display against any.
So far, Rangers fans have formed strong opinions on the loan stars at the club already. In truth, however, this will be their most testing period in a Rangers shirt.
It’s down to them regarding whether they sink or swim. We may think we know who’s going to do what, but January will confirm whether that’s the case.