Rangers move for Craig Bryson would surely see Lassana Coulibaly’s loan terminated

According to a report in The Daily Record, Rangers are keen to sign Derby County midfielder Craig Bryson this month and the arrival of the 32-year-old at Ibrox would surely spell the end for loanee Lassana Coulibaly.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Daily Record report that Gers assistant manager Gary McAllister has convinced Steven Gerrard that the experienced Scot, who is out of contract at the Pride Park Stadium this summer, would be a decent addition as they look to beat Celtic to the Scottish Premiership title this season.

The Daily Record says that negotiations are ongoing between the two clubs over a deal, with the Glasgow giants hoping that they can bring him north of the border for free before the window slams shut on January 31.

The report adds that Derby chairman Mel Morris is keen to slash the Championship outfit’s wage bill and despite being brought back into the fold with the Rams this term by Frank Lampard – making 20 appearances in all competitions – he could be about to leave.

What would it mean for Coulibaly?

The on-loan Angers man looked as though he was going to be a really influential player for Rangers this season following some strong performances at the beginning of the campaign for Gerrard’s side, but he has struggled in more recent times and drawn plenty of criticism from his own fans on Twitter for his performances.

While Ovie Ejaria has gone, the arrivals of Steven Davis and potentially Bryson at Ibrox would mean that there is real competition for places in the middle of the park for the title hopefuls, who also have Ryan Jack, Scott Arfield and youngster Ross McCrorie.

Looking to the future, Gerrard would surely rather give opportunities to McCrorie than a loan player in Coulibaly who isn’t doing the business right now, and if that is the case it makes sense for all parties if the loan was terminated before January 31 should Bryson sign on the dotted line.

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