Out of favour and out of time – £1.13m-rated international looks to be leaving Ibrox

Joe Worrall and Ryan Kent aren’t the only loanees whose Rangers stints looks to be drawing to a close.

Lassana Coulibaly’s time is also up in Glasgow.

The £1.13m-rated midfielder [Transfermarkt] joined on a season-long loan deal from Angers, back in July. Therefore, Sunday’s trip to Kilmarnock was likely his last one as a Ger.

Back in February, Steven Gerrard discussed the Mali international’s future [Daily Record]. At that stage, he listed a number of factors that could make a permanent move difficult.

Furthermore, the 22-year-old has barely kicked a ball for the Gers in 2019.

At the beginning of the season, he looked confident and was playing week in, week out. However, the standard of his displays undoubtedly dropped and after the January arrivals of Glen Kamara and Steven Davis, he’s found opportunities hard to come by.

His last outing was in the 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock at Ibrox back in mid-March. That was clearly a final opportunity to stake a claim for a spot and when it passed him by, there was no route back in.

In fact, Sunday was the first time he even made the bench during the post-split period.

There’s been no official word from the club yet, but it would be a major surprise if there was an attempt to extend Coulibaly’s deal.

He looks a player with a bright future, but ultimately, it didn’t work out at Rangers. Over the coming weeks, he’s likely to head back to Angers, boosting their ranks ahead of the 2019-20 Ligue 1 season.

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