Rangers transfers: Former youth coach hails Coulibaly, praises his attitude

Lassana Coulibaly of Mali is challenged by Ryota Morioka of Japan during the International friendly match between Japan and Mali at the Stade de Sclessin on March 23, 2018 in Liege Belgium.

Rangers are reportedly set to bring midfielder Lassana Coulibaly to Ibrox.

Lassana Coulibaly of Mali is challenged by Ryota Morioka of Japan during the International friendly match between Japan and Mali at the Stade de Sclessin on March 23, 2018 in Liege Belgium.

Rangers are reportedly set to land Angers midfielder Lassana Coulibaly – and his former youth coach Karel Brokken has told The Scottish Sun of his delight at the move.

The Gers have been busy in the transfer market this summer, as they have landed Allan McGregor, Jon Flanagan, Nikola Katic, Connor Goldson, Ovie Ejaria and Scott Arfield, with new boss Steven Gerrard bringing in reinforcements.

A host of players are now expected to leave Rangers this summer, including Lee Hodson, Fabio Cardoso and Eduardo Herrera, but Gerrard is continuing to look for more and more signings.

Angers' Malian midfielder Lassana Coulibaly (L) vies with Nancy's Tunisian defender Tobias Badila during the French League Cup football match Angers (SCO) vs Nancy (ASNL), on October 25,...

A deal for Roma striker Umar Sadiq looks close, and STV report that an agreement has also been struck with Angers for a season-long loan deal for midfielder Lassana Coulibaly.

Coulibaly needs a work permit before his move to Ibrox can be completed, but the Malian looks set to join the Ibrox ranks and give Gerrard another option in midfield.

The 22-year-old is a surprise name in the frame for Rangers, as he started just 11 games for Angers last season following a move from Bastia last summer, with many unfamiliar with the Mali international.

Now, Coulibaly's former youth coach Karel Brokken has told The Scottish Sun that he remembers the midfielder well, suggested that he has always been a strong tackle and powerful midfielder, whilst praising his attitude.

Nantes' French midfielder Adrien Thomasson (L) vies with Angers' Malian midfielder Lassana Coulibaly (R) during the French L1 football match between Angers (SCO) and Nantes (FC) on May 12,...

Brokken added that Coulibaly will surely improve under Gerrard, and hopes to see his development continue at Ibrox next season, with Rangers potentially landing a major addition even if only on loan.

“I remember Lassana well and I’m pleased to hear he has the chance to go to a major club like Rangers,” said Brokken. “He came through our system and progressed very well. Even as a young player he was strong in the tackle, had power and could head the ball because he was always quite tall. But the best thing was his attitude.”

“He’s a boy who wants to learn and be better and he’s done that over the past few seasons. I watched him playing games for Mali and it looks like he’s growing in stature and gaining experience. When he was young he wasn’t too aggressive, despite having a good stature. But in the games I saw he was more physically developed, which was good to see.”

“To work with a player of Gerrard’s background can only be good for him. He was known all over the world as a great player and I hope some of his midfield talent can be an education for Lassana. He was a boy when he left our academy, but I’ve enjoyed watching him develop into a man and I hope to see that continue,” he added.

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