Lassana Coulibaly’s departure from Rangers in the summer certainly doesn’t look as inevitable as it perhaps did before.
That’s because the midfielder has claimed that he wants to be at Ibrox beyond the end of the season.
Indeed, Coulibaly has had a roller-coaster of emotions since arriving in Glasgow during the summer. On-loan from Angers, the midfielder came on to play in the closing stages of yesterday’s historic 1-0 win over Celtic.
Before that, however, he had come in for some serious criticism from some supporters after his recent performances.
Despite that, the Malian certainly hasn’t been put off extending his stay at Rangers beyond the summer. Speaking in the Scottish Sun after yesterday’s win, Coulibaly confirmed his intentions to return to Ibrox next season.
“Of course, I would like to stay in Rangers. I need to respect the contract that I have with Angers but if I am here next season I will be happy.
“It feels like I am at home. For me, I don’t feel like I am here on loan – I feel like I am playing like I’m a Rangers player.
“I love Glasgow as a city. Sometimes the weather is different to what I was used to where I’ve come from – but I still like it!”
His future is certainly up in the air
If you asked Rangers fans in mid-September whether they wanted to keep Coulibaly or not, the answer would’ve been a resounding yes. Many claimed that him missing the first Old Firm derby was the main reason why Rangers lost it.
Yet, fast forward several months and you won’t have as many too willing to go ahead with that deal. Coulibaly has filtered in-and-out of the side this season, making a total of 25 appearances with just 15 in the league.
Added to that, excitement has been building over the return of Greg Docherty in the summer. With he and Ross McCrorie looking like the future of the Rangers midfield, Steven Gerrard could want to find an improvement on Coulibaly in the summer.
The Angers man still has some time to prove himself, however. The winter break provides every Rangers player with the chance to recharge the batteries. For Coulibaly, it’s essential he uses it to brush up his game and return ready to find some form again.
If he doesn’t? He can wave his dreams of an Ibrox stay goodbye.