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Many Rangers fans raging with Lassana Coulibaly's performance last night

Lassana Coulibaly’s performance against Hibs has been put under the spotlight after another below-par display.

The Malian splits Rangers fans with regards to his performances. Coulibaly has featured spradically this season for Rangers, but has been enjoying a nice run in the team due to Ovie Ejaria’s departure and Scott Arfield’s injury.

Whether he’s taken that or not, however, seems to be totally dependant on who you ask. Rangers fans generally seem to fee that he hasn’t, but there is a small element keen to stand by him and defend his displays.

Lassana Coulibaly hasn’t been impressive since his return from injury (Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images)

Against Hibernian, he was poor. He barely offered anything and looked a tad unsure of his role in the team. Rangers didn’t have enough control of the game, but all three midfielders can be blamed for that.

Supporters, however, lined up to have a pop at the on-loan Angers man on Twitter after the draw.

No other alternatives

Like it or not, Rangers are stuck with Coulibaly for the time being. A lack of alternatives means that he’s almost a certainty to start against Celtic on Saturday.

Steven Gerrard, of course, does have the option of pulling Andy Halliday back into the midfield from left-back. That could then afford Lee Wallace the chance the make his mark vs Celtic whilst Coulibaly drops out.

But is that truly the answer to Saturday? Unlikely to say the least.

Coulibaly will get his chance to impress again on Saturday (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Malian isn’t anywhere near Rangers’ worst player. Granted, he wouldn’t have started had the club had both Ejaria and Arfield available. He would’ve been sitting on the bench waiting for his big chance to shine.

There can be absolutely no doubt that he’s yet to seriously impress supporters this season. His injury back in August saw him suffer a huge setback in his form.

Since then, he’s made 19 appearances where he’s failed to over-perform in any. Elements of the support still quite fancy him, but there’s a gowing number that don’t.

He didn’t impress against St Johnstone, and certainly didn’t against Hibs. Therefore, will it be third time lucky this week against Celtic?

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