While he sadly wasn’t fit enough to feature at the weekend’s Celtic match, nevertheless Rangers will be as happy as Lassana himself at this photo of the Malian international back in training at the end of last week.
The on-loan Angers star grew into his defensive midfield role colossally as the matches wore on, and by the time he got injured had become an effectively indispensable part of the engine room.
Sadly, his thigh knock, seemingly innocuous at the time, has cast him to the treatment room for the past three weeks and Rangers have desperately missed his power, work and running in the middle. There is absolutely no coincidence that Rangers’ best midfield display was against Aberdeen when he, Ryan Jack and Scott Arfield bossed the match.
With the international break upon us, a nearing-fitness Lassana Coulibaly is a crucial asset, and with manager Steven Gerrard confirming it will be used especially to restore the Malian to fitness, it comes as welcome news for Rangers fans.
Sooner he’s back, and up to speed, the better for us all.