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.
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.
Coulibaly is dalcio in fancy dress. Robbing a wage off rangers 😂
— Goodfellowww (@RyanGoodfelloww) December 26, 2018
Got to say, Coulibaly in a Rangers shirt is like playing with a man short. An empty jersey if ever there was one…..thank fuck he's only on loan.
— Captain Blue 🇬🇧 🏴 (@BlearyEyedMan) December 26, 2018
Lassana Coulibaly isn't good enough to wear 🔴⚪️🔵 #Rangers
— Cammy (@Cammy1085) December 26, 2018
Rangers once again dropped too deep when defending a lead. Decision making and timing of pass horrendous all day. Groans clearly getting to the players. Coulibaly looked terrified to make a mistake.
— Jordan Campbell (@JordanC1107) December 26, 2018
What does Coulibaly do on the park?
— Foreign Rangers Fan (@kylEnsign) December 26, 2018
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.
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?