Midfielder Rangers opted against signing now Serie A regular after transfer
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Midfielder Rangers opted against signing now Serie A regular after transfer

Lassana Coulibaly, who Rangers opted against signing in 2019 after a loan spell, is now turning out regularly in Serie A after a summer transfer.

Coulibaly spent the 2018/19 campaign at Ibrox, turning out 30 times in all competitions and scoring three goals.

Lassana Coulibaly in Europa League action for Rangers against Villarreal (Photo by David Aliaga/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

He was a regular in the starting XI during the first half of the season, impressing supporters with his physicality in the middle of the park.

However, he would fall down the pecking order around the turn of the year and the Gers ultimately opted against signing him on a permanent deal.

After returning to parent club Angers, he was shipped out on loan to Cercle Brugge for the 2019/20 campaign, before breaking back into the team at Angers last season.

However, in the summer, he made the switch from France to Italy, signing for Salernitana.

The Mali international penned a four-year deal with the newly-promoted Serie A side and has featured in all seven of their matches across all competitions so far this season.

The former Rangers midfielder is playing regularly after a summer transfer to Serie A. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

He’s started five Serie A games and one Coppa Italia clash, while he appeared off the bench in the only other league fixture.

Unfortunately for Coulibaly and co., the cup tie with Reggina is the only game they’ve won so far and they’re rooted to the bottom of the Italian top flight on just one point.

It’s still a high standard for the 25-year-old to be involved at, though, and he’ll be hoping to play a big role in a first league victory of the season when I Granata take on Genoa at home on Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile, a current Rangers player says he experienced one of the best moments of his career in another European league at the weekend.