Could Rangers find their answer to Olivier Ntcham in Lassana Coulibaly?

Steven Gerrard is unveiled as the new manager of Rangers football Club at Ibrox Stadium on May 4, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Scottish Premiership giants Rangers reportedly want to bring Lassana Coulibaly to Ibrox from Ligue 1 club Angers.

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,...

There is no shortage of central midfielders in Steven Gerrard’s Rangers squad; so much so that the new Ibrox manager has already told Jason Holt and Andy Halliday that they are free to leave, according to the Daily Record.

But despite boasting the talents of Graham Dorrans, Greg Doherty, Ryan Jack, Stuart Arfield and co, Rangers are missing a midfielder with the power and the pace to drive forward from deep and turn defence into attack in an instant; someone like Celtic’s £4 million man Olivier Ntcham.

Olivier Ntcham of Celtic in action during the UEFA Champions League group B match between RSC Anderlecht and Celtic FC at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium on September 27, 2017 in Brussels,...

Although a report from the Scottish Sun last week suggest that Rangers have identified their own version of Celtic’s rangy French powerhouse.

It is understood that Rangers are keen to sign Lassana Coulibaly on loan from Ligue 1 outfit Angers. The 22-year-old is already an established international for Mali and, despite making just eight starts in France’s top flight across 2017/18, he could be the sort of player Rangers are missing.

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.

Coulibaly is an attack-minded midfielder renowned for his dribbling ability and tendency to commit opposition midfielders and power his team on from the base of midfield. He would give Rangers the option to go from zero to 100 at neck-breaking speed; a stark contrast to the sluggish, often laborious buildup play of recent times.

Coulibaly would have a lot to do to show he is on the same level as Celtic ace Ntcham, but his arrival would at least give Rangers a player of comparable ability.

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