Mali midfielder Coulibaly couldn't believe Steven Gerrard's Rangers call

Heather Diaz
July 12, 2018

Gerrard has already secured the signing of Scott Arfield, Allan McGregor, Jamie Murphy, Nikola Katic, Connor Goldson, Ovie Ejaria and Jon Flanagan.

And he will be joined by Angers midfielder Lassana Coulibaly as Steven Gerrard ties up a double loan deal ahead of the Europa League encounter against FK Shkupi.

The loan move is subject to worldwide clearance.

Should the tall 21-year-old complete the switch to Glasgow, Rangers will be getting an exciting young talent who has impressed out on loan with NAC Breda in the Eredivisie earlier in the year. I got a phone call from my agent and he told me about Rangers and I said let's see what happens. Even if the plan was to stay at Roma I couldn't turn him down.

"He told me about the team, the players, that everyone will be at my side if I come here and he will help me to go forward in my career".

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We are one step closer to what is the biggest game in football as a professional". It is a great experience for us, and we got to learn from it.

"Rangers is a good team, I'd heard the name before Gerrard came in here".

Coulibaly may be followed through the entrance at Ibrox very soon with the club said to be confident of securing a season-long loan move for Roma forward Umar Sadiq. Across all competitions for Angers, Coulibaly made just 23 appearances and scored only one goal.

"He can help me to develop my football. I know the team are in the Europa League and I know there is a big rivalry with Celtic".

"He asked me if I wanted to join his team, and I said yes, although I was anxious it wasn't actually Gerrard (on the phone)!" the Malian said.

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