Rangers have scrapped plans to sign midfielder Lassana Coulibaly permanently this summer due to the stunning emergence of Glen Kamara, Football Insider understands.
Coulibaly joined the Glasgow giants on a season-long loan from French club Angers last summer and had a strong start before slipping down the pecking order in the second half of the campaign.
Steven Gerrard claimed earlier this year that “we like the player” and the chances of a full-time deal depend upon a price tag “that could be prohibitive” as well as his salary demands and the interest of other clubs.
An Ibrox source has told Football Insider that any plans to work on a permanent Coulibaly deal are now off the table, mainly due to Kamara’s outstanding form in the final six weeks of the campaign.
Scotland legend Jackie McNamara has tipped the January signing from Dundee to be one of the three players that Gerrard will build his side around next season amid what is expected to be another summer of major change.
Coulibaly, 23, is now heading back to Ligue 1 outfit Angiers, where he has two years left on his contract, after making 30 appearances for the Light Blues this season.
Finland international Kamara has made 16 appearances for Rangers since arriving in January, ahead of the initially planned summer schedule.