How Lassana Coulibaly became an instant hit with Rangers fans

Rangers recorded an impressive 1-0 win over Croatians NK Osijek for the club's first European away win for a decade on Thursday night.

And one player who stood out in the Europa League second round qualifying win for the Gers was new signing Lassana Coulibaly.

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard brought the player for his no nonsense approach in the midfield.

He said after the signing of the Malian: “Coulibaly is a destroyer type midfielder, he is very different to what he have here. I have watched him numerous times and he breaks play up and keeps it simple. He will add a bit of power in the engine room for us.”

Rangers fans got to see Coulibaly’s destructive qualities in all their glory against Osijek as he thundered into a challenge, sending an opponent into the sky and coming away with the ball.

A clip of the challenge went viral on social media, provoking positive responses from Rangers fans.

@Conor_Spence67 tweeted: “Of what I seen tonight of Rangers, Lassana Coulibaly looks a steal. Goldson looks strong and physical and what they’ve been needing. 3 clean sheets in the 3 games is pretty impressive.”

Lassana Coulibaly has become an instant hit at Rangers. Picture: SNS/Ross MacDonald

@KWRFC1995 referred back to Gerrard’s comments about the midfielder: “I can see why Steven Gerrard called Lassana Coulibaly a destroyer. What a tackle!”

For @samparker92 Coulibaly is the type of player the team have been missing: “All we’ve wanted for the past 6/7 years is a Lassana Coulibaly. Now we’ve got it!”

Rangers won the tie thanks to a headed goal from Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos. The second-leg of the tie takes place on Thursday at Ibrox.