Lassana Coulibaly left out, will Rangers make his loan permanent?

Christoph Knasmuellner of Rapid and Lassana Coulibaly of Rangers during the UEFA Europa League match between SK Rapid Wien v Rangers at Weststadion on December 13, 2018 in Vienna, Austria.

Coulibaly has been somewhat indifferent at Rangers since joining the club on loan.

Lassana Coulibaly of Rangers celebrates after he scores this team's second goal during the rearranged Scottish Cup match between Cowdenbeath and Rangers at Central Park on January 30, 2019...

Rangers have decisions to make on a number of players when the season comes to an end, with five players on loan at the club, while a number of others are in the final months of their contract. Lassana Coulibaly is one of those.

The 22-year-old midfielder joined Rangers in the summer on loan from French side Angers, and hit the ground running for Steven Gerrard's side despite being somewhat of an unknown player.

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However, his form has deteriorated of late and he has found himself left on the substitutes bench for the Gers' last three Scottish Premiership fixtures against Kilmarnock, Livingston and St. Mirren.

 

Now the Gers have brought in Glen Kamara this month for a fee of just £100,000 from Dundee, as well as Steven Davis from Southampton, Gerrard has a decision to make on Coulibaly.

At the start of the season, fans were praying a permanent clause had been included Coulibaly's loan deal - now, his form has seen him dropped to little more than a bench warmer.

With Kamara and Davis likely to be preferred, Ross McCrorie, Scott Arfield, Ryan Jack and even Andy Halliday are also perhaps considered above the Mali international.

26th December 2018, Dens Park, Dundee, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Dundee versus Livingston;  Glen Kamara of Dundee

The Daily Record claim Coulibaly was bought for £1million by Angers in the summer of 2017, and he has a contract with the French club until the summer of 2021. He is likely to cost more than that figure.

So, should Rangers sign Coulibaly permanently? It would be a hefty figure for a player that is currently warming the bench.

With Kamara joining the club this month, the chances of Coulibaly getting game time to earn a permanent move is unlikely. Surely then, Rangers may overlook landing the African star.

Ranger captain James Tavernier celebrates with team mates Jonathon Flanagan and Lassana Coulibaly of Rangers at the final whistle as Rangers beat Celtic 1-0 during the Ladbrokes Scottish...

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