Lassana Coulibaly’s Rangers future could be thrust into the spotlight if new signing targets are true.
Rangers apparently want four new players to come in during the mid-season transfer window. That’s not particularly a surprise to anyone, with everyone seeing the news from yesterday.
This includes a striker, two midfielders with one being creative, and a centre-back. The fact that the club are looking to sign two further midfielders must seriously concern the Malian.
Coulibaly was dropped from the first-team as Rangers overcame St Mirren last weekend. It appears that Steven Gerrard has found his preferred midfield trio. This involves Ovie Ejaria, Scott Arfield, and Ryan Jack.
The potential signing of a creative midfielder won’t be too much of a concern to him. Coulibaly is more box-to-box, but it will be the potential acquisition of a second midfielder that should strike some panic into him.
Needs to start performing again and soon
Coulibaly is already below three of Rangers’ midfielders already, and should another two in total come in, it doesn’t help his chances. It’s not as if he’s here permanently and can fight his way back into the side before next season. Coulibaly is on-loan from Angers until the end of the season, and being frozen out in January would be a massive concern for him.
It could be the case that Gerrard still gives him plenty of opportunity to shine. For all we know, he may even feature against Spartak Moscow tonight in Russia. Rangers need to be resolute defensively, and this is one of Coulibaly’s strongest attributes when on-form.
As it stands, however, it doesn’t look good for the loanee. Failing to appear against St Mirren followed being subbed at the start of the second half against Kilmarnock. He’s falling out of favour whilst others in his position continue to shine.
Added to that, it wouldn’t be a surprise if one of the incoming midfielders is Steven Davis. If that’s the case, Coulibaly should be officially worried. Davis is also a box-to-box midfielder, and will likely leap ahead of him in the pecking order with ease.
There’s plenty for Coulibaly to be concerned about heading into January. He needs to find some form and soon to get his Gers career back on track.