Glasgow Rangers fans are unanimous in their wish to see on-loan midfielder Lassana Coulibaly and left-winger Ryan Kent sign permanent contracts to stay with the Ibrox club on four-year deals.
The 22-year-old has made a huge impression with the fans and Steven Gerrard’s background staff, since arriving for the season from French Club Angers.
Converting the loan of Coulibaly with a contract that runs until 2021, into a permanent deal next summer may cost between £1.5m – £2m, but it could still be great business for Rangers.
Of all the loan signings made by Gerrard, none have been more impressive than Coulibaly and 21-year-old Kent.
Ovie Ejaria has stated that his long-term future lies with Liverpool and the loan-deal is all to do with helping him to make it in Merseyside, so a permanent deal is not on the cards for him – at the moment, but maybe in a few years.
Why should Rangers sign Coulibaly and Kent on long term contract deals?
Coulibaly is a very adaptable midfield footballer who can be deployed as a defending, holding player who protects the defence, but can also play a more advanced role to win the ball and launch fast, pacey attacks.
The 10-times Mali internationalist has firmly established himself as a major part of all Rangers can achieve this season, and is the type of player required for long-term success.
He was forced to miss four games with a hamstring injury just when he was showing the whole of Scotland how good a player he was. Coulibaly was very sorely missed in the 1-0 defeat at Celtic Park.
Steven Gerrard was delighted with other ‘top drawer’ performances from a rampant Ryan Kent in Rangers’ 3-1 victories over Rapid Vienna on Thursday and repeated the feat again on Sunday against top of the league Hearts.
The on-loan Liverpool winger, was Rangers star man helping his team to gain all three points and he scored the opening goal with only three minutes gone in the exciting Ibrox encounter.
“His performances have been really good and they’ve got stronger as we’ve gone on. The last two have been right up there in the top drawer,” said Rangers boss and Reds legend Gerrard.
“He deserved man of the match today, he deserved his goal and I’m pleased for him.
“We have to credit Rangers for giving Ryan the opportunity and also thank Liverpool for letting us use him, because at the moment it’s working for both of us.”
Coulibaly and Kent were two of the best players on the park against Rapid Vienna and Hearts at a bouncy bouncy Ibrox last week.
Both proved beyond doubt, that they have the talent and attitude to succeed in Scotland by winning silverware with a massive club like Rangers.