An injury to ex-Celtic striker Moussa Dembele may mean that a former Premier League striker in Islam Slimani could make his return to the UK against Rangers.

The former Leicester City striker cost the Foxes a whopping £29m from Sporting Lisbon in 2016 but he hasn’t played in England since October 2020.

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Islam Slimani is now a Lyon player. (Photo by Paulo Nascimento/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The Algerian striker’s final game for Leicester was in 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa last season before Slimani moved to Olympique Lyonnais.

Slimani – who is now 33 – has been included in the Lyon squad for the trip to Ibrox and it’s likely to be between himself and Cameroonian international Karl Toko Ekambi with regards who starts against Rangers.

Since joining Lyon, Islam Slimani has mostly been utilised as a deputy striker, making 24 appearances and scoring five goals for the Ligue 1 side.


That includes the goal in the French side’s 1-1 Ligue 1 opener with Stade Brestois back in August, Slimani’s only goal of the season to date.

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However, things didn’t go quite to plan at Leicester following his record-breaking move and the player made only 47 appearances, netting 13 goals in five years at the King Power.

Slimani’s time at Leicester was split up with a series of loan moves including one at Newcastle United, where he against struggled to leave a proper impression.

Spells with Fenerbahce and Monaco would follow before the player moved to Lyon and now the player may well take to the field at Ibrox tonight.

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It didn’t work out for Slimani in the United Kingdom. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Rangers fans will be hoping that it’s not a memorable return to British shores as the Europa League Group Stages gets underway.

Speaking of Moussa Dembele, plenty are convinced the player isn’t so brave now he’s playing a stronger Ibrox side

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