Lassana Coulibaly made 30 appearances for Rangers last season [Transfermarkt].

On loan from Ligue 1 side Angers, the 23-year-old made an excellent start to life in Glasgow.

Coulibaly bulldozes his way through two Hamilton players early last season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A powerful, enforcer type midfielder, he really looked the part early on, but various factors, including injury, saw his performances drop off considerably.

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He went from a regular starter, to mainly adopting a substitute role after the winter break. Then, by the time the split came about, he had dropped out of matchday squads altogether.

The Gers opted against pursuing a permanent deal, and he returned to his parent club at the end of the season.

Things were looking up over the summer when he was pulling the strings for Mali in the African Cup of Nations.


Coulibaly in action for Mali against Angola. (Photo by Visionhaus)

Yet, Angers decided he still didn’t feature in their plans, and he finds himself out on loan again. This time, at a lower profile club than Rangers – Cercle Brugge.

He signed for the Belgian Pro League club in late August, with his newly adopted side already bottom of the league.


Unfortunately, things haven’t improved much since then.

Former Rangers loanee Coulibaly enduring tough time

His first appearance came as a substitute in what remains Cercle’s only win of the season. The Green and Black have lost all four of his appearances since then. That’s three in the league and one in the cup, against fourth-tier minnows R.U.S. Rebecquoise.

Coulibaly competes for possession against Gent – Cercle lost the game 3-2. (Photo by BRUNO FAHY/AFP/Getty Images)

On Sunday evening, the midfielder was an unused substitute in a 6-0 defeat to Zulte-Waregem.

After 10 matches, Cercle are still propping up the table with three points and a goal difference of -19 [Soccerway].

It’s fair to say things aren’t going well, especially when their city rivals, Club Brugge, are currently top.

The former Gers loanee has some job on his hands trying to arrest this shocking run of form. He may be limited by those around him, but if he can nail down a spot in the side and rediscover his early 2018/19 form, he’ll hopefully show Angers that he has enough about him to succeed back in Ligue 1.

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