Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Rangers announce EIGHTH summer signing as Steven Gerrards bolsters squad

Rangers announce EIGHTH summer signing as Steven Gerrards bolsters squad

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has hinted that the Scottish Premier League club is close to agreeing a deal with Italian outfit AS Roma for Nigerian forward Sadiq Umar.

"Rangers can today [Tuesday] announce the signing of Lassana Coulibaly on a season-long loan from French side Angers, subject to global clearance", read a statement on club website.

The fans already seem to have given him an interesting nickname but I'll let you discover that for yourselves, I couldn't possible repeat the intimation here!

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"Gerrard told me about the team, the players, he said everyone will help me if I came here and he will help me go forward in my career, and you don't have to think twice when someone says that to you". "I know the team are in the Europa League and I know there is a big rivalry with Celtic". However, Liverpool legend has until midnight on Wednesday to add to players to his squad for the Europa League clash with Shkupi on Thursday.

"I am very happy to be here", Coulibaly told Rangers TV.

Coulibaly has made nine appearances for Mali.

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He follows the signings of centre-backs Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic, right-back Jon Flanagan, wingers Jamie Murphy and Scott Arfield, goalkeeper Allan McGregor and midfielder Ovie Ejaria (loan). "When they asked me if I want to join this team or not, I said yes but I thought it might not really be Gerrard!"

"He (Gerrard) can help me to develop my football".

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