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.
Great away win & important away goal. Coulibaly looks a very good player, what an engine on the boy. Kent’s tackles & tracking back 👍🏾 Goldson is a monster & Shagger is top class as usual. Morelos take a bow son. Onwards & upwards lads ⚽️ @RangersFC #RangersFC #europaleague
— Raz 🥊 (@ryaancassidy) July 26, 2018
Great result tonight @RangersFC. Did exactly what we had too and looked far more solid at the back. Goldson, Coulibaly, Kent and Morelos all very good. Clean sheet and away goal to bring back to Ibrox! Delighted. #RangersFC
— GTC (@gtc2104) July 26, 2018
Can’t wait for Coulibaly to just banjo opposition midfielders up in the air all season #RangersFC 🔴⚪️🔵
— Brian MacRitchie (@BrianMacRitchie) July 26, 2018
Brilliant result tonight! We’re absolutely solid at the back with McGregor and Goldson. Thought Coulibaly was impressive and Ejaria looks a class act. Looks like we might finally be getting a Rangers side to be proud of again… 😏🔴⚪️🔵 #Rangers #WATP #EuropaLeague #UEL
— Grant Hendry (@gwhendry) July 26, 2018
— Mark Young (@Gusthemule) July 26, 2018
See far I have seen McGregor, Goldson, Katic, Flanagan, Coulibaly, Kent and Morelos named as Man of the Match last night so we must have done something right. Need to retain the ball better but other than that coming together nicely 🔴⚪️🔵 #Rangers
— Pringo (@pringo69) July 27, 2018
Good win for Rangers. Ryan kent and coulibaly were very impressive👏🏻💙🇬🇧
— William Cope (@wully1872) July 27, 2018
Rangers win 1-0 away in Europe and daily record rate players 5&6 out of 10 am I the only one confused here Coulibaly 5/10 wtf 😂
— Lindsay ⚽️ (@jlindsay88) July 26, 2018
Great performance from Rangers tonight. Looks like we are no longer scared of corners & McGregor will be worth an extra 10 points a season. Coulibaly & Clark Kent look class. Goldson, Katic & Flanagan need to work on their passing though..
— K918 (@minniedogg) July 26, 2018
Definite signs of improvement from last week, good to see is under w bit of pressure at times and keep a clean sheet. McGregor, Goldson and Coulibaly all excellent, Kent showed glimpses and Morelos looking more like his old self! Still only pre season!
— Dave Rangers (@RangersSpud) July 26, 2018
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.
— Conor (@Conor_Spence67) July 26, 2018
That was a fantastic tackle by Coulibaly towards the end
— Rangers Forever (@WATPForever) July 26, 2018
Kent is a prospect eh??Coulibaly's just gonae get better with more games as well.Goldsons a https://t.co/qoqMPqS2en far so good Rangers#stevieg#letsgo🇬🇧
— Craig Robertson (@craig2rob) July 26, 2018
That tackle from Coulibaly might be the best tackle i have seen in a Rangers jersey in a long time man! Just stood up wae the ball n away like it was nuhin to him! 🔴⚪️🔵
— Robert Ferguson (@Bertf86) July 26, 2018
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.
Solid first half performance. Good header by Morelos to make it 0–1 to #RangersFC. Kent has looked impressive. Coulibaly looks like he’ll get sent off.
— Jack Waldron (@waldron1994) July 26, 2018
Coulibaly will get more fake red cards than Jack last season. Ref’s across the land will be having words in the tunnel before kick off. He’ll put in one particularly bad foul (probably worthy of a yellow) and the SNP will debate abolishing football.
I’ll love every moment.
— A Rangers voice (@voice_rangers) July 26, 2018