Following the spate of articles around January regarding the future of Borna Barišić, it’s understandable that Rangers might have been looking for a left-back.

The 27-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Italy for about a month, and even him signing a contract extension didn’t make them go away.

Eventually, however, they did, but it appears that Steven Gerrard and his staff drew up a list of players who could potentially replace the Croatian going forward, which included Souleyman Doumbia.

The information comes from Goal France, who, writing up an article about the player’s loan at Angers SCO being made permanent, reveal the Ivory Coast international was the subject of interest from other clubs too, including Rangers and Lokomotiv Moscow.

The deal has since been confirmed, meaning it’s highly doubtful that those in charge at Ibrox are going to make an attempt for him over the summer, but it’s worth pointing out the Scottish club are keeping an eye out on the left-back market these days.

Goal also explain Doumbia chose ‘stability’ over the chance of trying a new adventure abroad.

This follows claims of their interest in another Ligue 1 player, as Rangers have reportedly taken an interest in Stade Brestois 29’s Haris Belkebla.