By Kealan Hughes

12th Apr, 2021 | 12:44pm

Rangers could solve big issue by signing Senou Coulibaly

Rangers are interested in Dijon defender Senou Coulibaly and he could be a perfect fit for Steven Gerrard.

Foot Mercato report the Gers have been joined in their interest by Huddersfield Town and other unnamed clubs in the English Championship and Premier League.

However, with Champions League football to offer, Rangers are surely a more attractive destination, and Coulibaly could suit the competition.

Dijon have been awful in Ligue 1 this season and will likely be relegated but Coulibaly has still been able to catch the eye, according to Foot Mercato who said he has been “brilliant”.

A key reason for that is the centre-back’s physical attributes, mainly his pace.

Per Foot Mercato, Coulibaly achieved a top speed of 36kph last season [22.3 mph], meaning he would add something the Gers squad currently lacks.

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Filip Helander and Connor Goldson are formidable defenders and have helped us concede just 11 goals in 34 league games.

And while Coulibaly may first struggle to take their place in the side if he joins, his pace should interest Gerrard.

Helander has been linked with a move to the Premier League but Alan Hutton told Football Insider that his lack of pace could prevent that from happening.

Meanwhile, former Hibernian player Stephane Omeonga said that Goldson is a weak link for Rangers because he is “too slow”, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

Coulibaly would be a suitable partner for either of those players and provide a quickness in defence that is lacking at times.

In the Champions League that will be particularly important, as we could come up against the likes of Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe.

Coulibaly has played against the latter, and in matches against the big teams Gerrard could switch to a back five that includes the 26-year-old.

He would be perfect at sitting deep and cutting out any balls in behind the defence – he has the speed to mop up danger across the backline.

Coulibaly is yet to be tested at the highest level but coach Michael Beale has worked wonders with our defenders and he could mould Coulibaly into another gem.

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