Lassana Coulibaly’s display against St Johnstone yesterday may have just cost him his Old Firm chance.
The Malian missed the first derby clash of the season to injury. Now, however, he could just miss the next one due to some dreadful form.
Despite being one of the star-signings of the summer, the midfielder has been a terrible disappointment in recent weeks. Making 22 appearances, Rangers fans have now had a good chance to get a good look at him.
He has just two goals and two assists to his name. Granted, the on-loan Angers man is naturally a defensive-midfielder, but with how often he bombs forward, Rangers should be getting more of a return in that department.
His best trait, however, is apparently breaking up play and getting his side going on an attacking basis. Too often when Coulibaly wins the ball, however, he carelessly gives it away again.
He continues to be sloppy in possession, and a tad reckless in the challenge too. Everything the Malian has done since returning from his hamstring injury back in mid-September has been lackadaisical to say the least.
Rangers can’t afford sloppiness vs Celtic
Whether you rate Celtic as a team or not, Rangers can’t have Coulibaly just gifting them possession in the midfield. They may be missing Tom Rogic for the fixture, but they’ll still hurt Rangers if pathetic mistakes are made.
Coulibaly had to be hooked after just 55 minutes against St Johnstone yesterday. It was another uninspiring performance as he failed to boss the midfield and looked a couple of notches below the pace.
He’s, at this stage, turned into an extremely disappointing signing for the Rangers supporters.
Considering how the likes of Andy Halliday, Ross McCrorie, and Ryan Jack aren’t putting a foot wrong, Coulibaly’s chance to make the team for the Old Firm is looking poor.
Going with that midfield trio lacks pace and mobility, but Rangers aren’t littered with options.
A huge match is still to come against Hibs. Coulibaly may even be trusted to perform in that one. That could therefore signal one last chance to make an impression before the Old Firm.
As it stands, however, Rangers simply cannot take the risk and field him onthe 29th. He would be a liability and too risky.
What are your thoughts on starting Coulibaly against Celtic? Would you go for it?