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Steven Gerrard comments on Lassana Coulibaly's late Rangers return

General view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers may not have Lassana Coulibaly ready this weekend.

Lassana Coulibaly of Rangers is seen during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Rangers and Wigan Athletic at Ibrox Stadium on July 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Steven Gerrard has intimated to Rangers TV that he is disappointed with how late Lassana Coulibaly returned to Glasgow, ahead of tomorrow's trip to Hamilton.

The on-loan Rangers midfielder only arrived back in Scotland on Friday after being on international duty with Mali.

It does not give the 22-year-old a great deal of time to prepare for tomorrow's clash with Accies.

And although Gerrard says it isn't a major problem, the Gers manager would 'ideally' prefer his star midfielder to have gotten a few days more recovery.

 

He told Rangers TV: "Lassana got in today, which is a little late for my liking. You want your players here and resting and getting ready for Hamilton, so it just means he hasn't been involved in the last few days preparation.

"It's not a big deal, but any manager will tell you the same that when a player comes back a few days before the fixture, it's not ideal."

Coulibaly, who didn't feature in Tuesday's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Burundi, has been a big hit at Ibrox since joining Gerrard's side on loan from Angers.

You can understand the 38-year-old's frustration, even if it wasn't Coulibaly's fault.

With Rangers five points off the pace in the Scottish Premiership, Gerrard's side probably can't afford a defeat tomorrow and Coulibaly's inclusion would reduce the likelyhood of that, but time will tell whether the big midfielder plays.

Lassana Coulibaly of Rangers is seen during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Rangers and Wigan Athletic at Ibrox Stadium on July 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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