Rangers dropped yet more league points at the weekend, as fans once again left Ibrox disappointed at what they’d seen.
Steven Gerrard made personnel changes after the setbacks against Hibs and Aberdeen, but the alterations weren’t enough to affect an upturn in fortunes.
One of those drafted into the side, was Lassana Coulibaly.

Coulibaly has 19 SPL appearances, but only one start in 2019. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He lasted just 66 minutes, before being replaced by Jermain Defoe.
His inclusion ahead of Ross McCrorie was a surprise, but is a call unlikely to be repeated now.
In fact, it could well have been the final time we see the Mali international start for the club.

 

Did Coulibaly blow his final big chance?

With eight games left in the SPL campaign, it isn’t long until his season-long loan spell is up.
After that, the club could try to keep him, but he hasn’t really done enough to warrant a permanent deal.

A return to Ligue 1 looks more likely that a permanent move to Ibrox. (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Especially as with several years left on his contract at Angers, he would likely command a significant fee.
His route into the team against Killie was aided greatly by minor injuries to Scott Arfield and Ryan Jack.
Both of those players should be back fit after the international break. Furthermore, McCrorie must be under consideration, given his last Old Firm performance. 

It would be a surprise to see McCrorie overlooked again. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Saturday was Coulibaly’s first start from nine SPL matches in 2019. Had he grasped his opportunity and put in a commanding display, Gerrard’s controversial selection call could have been vindicated.
However, the 22-year-old was largely anonymous.
With no shortage of competition in midfield and fixtures rapidly running out, his final opportunity may have already come and gone.

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