Lassana Coulibaly played a starring role to help steer Rangers to a 1-0 win over Osijek as they maintained an unbeaten start to their Europa League qualifying campaign in Croatia.

A 19th-minute strike from Alfredo Morelos was enough to put the Scottish club in control of the tie with a vital away goal.

This victory was Rangers’ first away win in Europe since 2008 – the year they reached the UEFA Cup final.

Central midfielder Coulibaly was making his debut in the match with manager Steven Gerrard choosing to deploy him as a holding player alongside Ryan Jack.

The Mali international is on a season-long loan with Rangers from SCO Angers and is one of a number of players the former Liverpool and England captain has brought to the club since replacing Graeme Murty in the summer.

Following the match, Gerrard praised Coulibaly’s performance, calling him “majestic”, adding that he will only improve once he gets more games under his belt – a view shared by many Gers fans.

The 23-year-old put in a combative performance, winning tackles and breaking up play throughout as Rangers defended stoutly and ground out the result they needed.

While that certainly impressed Gerrard – who knows a thing or two about all-round performances in the midfield – it appears to have also got Rangers fans excited about their new signing.

One tackle towards the end of the match came in for particular praise with some fans and onlookers believing he is the sort of player the Light Blues have needed for some time in the centre of the park.

Following the match, supporters took to Twitter to offer their views on how well the Malian had done on the night.

However, there were one or two dissenting voices who felt that Coulibaly’s approach could have resulted in him picking up at least a yellow card and that he may need to temper his approach in games to come.


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