Malian midfielder Lassana Coulibaly will join Glasgow Rangers from French top-flight side Angers on a season-long loan, both clubs confirmed on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old, who is under contract with the French side until June 2021, will be coached by the new Rangers’ coach, Steven Gerrard.
The Malian is Gerrard’s eight signing of the summer.
📝#RangersFC can today announce the signing of Lassana Coulibaly on a season long loan from French side @AngersSCO subject to international clearance.— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) 10 July 2018
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Coulibaly was worried it was all a prank
Talking to Rangers TV, the midfielder said he was worried he was the victim of a prank call when Gerrard phoned him to discuss a move to Rangers.
"He asked me if I wanted to join his team, and I said yes, although I was worried it wasn't actually Gerrard (on the phone)!" the Malian said.
"He (Gerrard) can help me to develop my football. When he was at Liverpool, I grew up watching him.
"Rangers is a good team, I'd heard the name before Gerrard came in here. I don't watch the league, but I know about Celtic and Rangers in Scotland."
📞 Lassana Coulibaly was worried he was the victim of a prank call when he answered his phone to find Steven Gerrard on the other end of it!— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) 10 July 2018
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Coulibaly has made nine appearances for Mali. Last season, he played 20 Ligue 1 games (8 starts) and scored one goal for Angers.
He now joins veteran goalkeeper Allan McGregor, full-back Jon Flanagan, centre-backs Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic, midfielders Scott Arfield and Ovie Ejaria, and winger Jamie Murphy in joining Rangers.