The Chalkboard: The emergence of Glen Kamara means signing Lassana Coulibaly is pointless

Steven Gerrard’s first transfer window as Rangers manager last year was a whirlwind affair, with dozens of players either coming in or going out of the revolving door at Ibrox.

The next few months aren’t expected to be quite as dramatic as that, with the club shifting from a policy of quantity to one of quality.

If anything though there’s even more pressure on the recruitment team to get signings and departures spot on over the summer, with arch-rivals Celtic likely to be strengthening significantly too.

A specific focus for Gerrard and his staff will be whether to make moves for loan players that spent the season at Ibrox.

One of those is Malian international Lassana Coulibaly, who joined last year on a temporary basis from French Ligue 1 side Angers.

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On the chalkboard

Coulibaly started the season as a regular in Gerrard’s starting eleven, playing every match of the club’s UEFA Europa League group stage run, also impressing week to week in the Scottish Premiership.

Gradually though he found himself on the bench more and more and there was one key reason – the emergence of Glen Kamara.

Signing from Dundee in the January transfer window, the Finnish international offers as much work rate and dig as the 23-year-old but also has a composure and attacking ambition on another level, often driving Rangers into the final third and linking up with creative attacking talents.

Change in stance

Kamara has essentially made Coulibaly redundant at the club and there was no surprise when Football Insider reported over the weekend that Rangers are considering ditching plans to make a permanent move for the Angers man.

That’s certainly a change in stance from what Gerrard has said publicly in the past, telling The Scottish Sun back in February that the club still rate and like the player with the only barriers being cost and structure of the deal.

Although different styles and personnel in midfield are massive positives in a squad, especially one that transitions between domestic and European football, there is simply no need for Rangers to invest in Coulibaly when they have a superior player ahead of him in the team currently in excellent form.

Article title: The Chalkboard: The emergence of Glen Kamara means signing Lassana Coulibaly is pointless

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