Last season Lassana Coulibaly was heralded as the destroyer at the heart of the Rangers side – this season he’s turning out for a struggling Cercle Brugge.

Once described by Steven Gerrard as the term not long after joining the ranks at Ibrox, signing the on-loan Angers midfielder looked to be a stroke of genius.

Athletic, mobile and comfortable on the ball, the powerful midfielder looked the complete package.

Mali’s midfielder Lassana Coulibaly in action for the African side. (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)

But injury and reports of personal issues in his homeland Mali interrupted an immense start to the season for the big midfielder.

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His powerful, all-action style caught the eyes of supporters, with fans adopting songs and finding a new cult hero early on in Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox revolution.

But unfortunately, Coulibaly could not sustain the form of August last year and became a bit-part player at the club who never managed to recapture his best moments.

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Sent back home to Ligue 1 side Angers after a season on loan at Ibrox, Coulibaly now finds himself on loan with Cercle Brugge in the Belgian Jupiler League.

Despite playing a role in the first six of the club’s matches this season, Coulibaly hasn’t been seen since [Transfermarkt].

Coulibaly very much finds himself on the fringes of the Belgian side who are hunkered to the bottom of the country’s top tier in 16th.

In fact, Coulibaly hasn’t played for Brugge since the 5th of October.

Lassana Coulibaly made 30 appearances for Rangers last season. (Photo by Josef Bollwein/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

Similarly to his spell at Ibrox, Coulibaly’s time at Brugge appeared to start well before dramatically fading away.

At 23 and an established Malian international, can Coulibaly realise his potential and reach the heights that had the Rangers fans singing his name at Ibrox?

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