Ridvan not quite ready as Rangers’ Borna takes his chance

Ridvan not quite ready as Rangers’ Borna takes his chance
BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 16: Borna Barisic of Rangers celebrates scoring a goal during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Blackpool and Rangers at Bloomfield Road on July 16, 2022 in Blackpool, England.

Some weeks ago Ibrox Noise ended up in a bit of a set-to ourselves with a long-term follower, who was a big fan of Borna Barisic.

We suggested his days were numbered at Ibrox because the club had just spent £5M+ on a Turkey international in his position, and while the vast majority agreed with this, the follower suggested the new boy had to prove himself first.

We didn’t deny this, but as with the internet, it got heated and became a bit of an argument involving a few other members.

It turns out the girl was bang on, and Ridvan is quite a distance away from the first team, while Barisic is enjoying a timely renaissance of form and is becoming, again, the man to shift.

See, Ibrox Noise are more than happy to concede when we get an opinion or a fact wrong, and have never been too arrogant to give credit to someone who was right when we were not.

And her point is correct. Ridvan struggled in his one appearance v Killie, and isn’t ready yet for fully-fledged Rangers football just yet, while Borna has grasped the chance with both hands and is looking a lot more like his old self again.

It’s clearly a case the young Turk is one for the future, and like the last young LB signing we made, he’s not quite there yet or ready for the rigours of football with Rangers.

Yes indeed, Calvin Bassey took 12 months to sort himself out after an incredibly slow start which saw him well below the pecking order.

It’s the same for Ridvan – he’s raw, he’s young, and he’s a lad in a new country who’s taking time to adjust. While the likes of Tillman have taken to their new life like a duck to water, not everyone does.

And until Ridvan does, Barisic is filling LB up very nicely.

In truth, going forward the Croat and Turk is very very healthy competition indeed for that slot.

Long may it continue.

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  1. It shouldn’t have taken us to sign a new player for Borna to up his standards, l hope and pray Borna gets sold to a other team before the window shuts soon, cash in while he is still worth something because his standards will fall dramatically again and it’s not if but when

  2. I think Yilmaz will turn out to be a good signing. Borna is back to his best which is good , he still doesn’t get across as I would wish !, but he’s a top player. Yilmaz needs to muscle up a little , but he’s got the football ability that’s for sure.

  3. You need competition for places to get players playing to their best ,happens all over and is healthy .Yilmaz will end up first choice as is class and club payed 5-6 million ,no way gio will pay that and not play him ,makes him look daft ….which he most certainly is not ,give the lad time ,cream always rises to the top .

  4. Barisic started well tonight then deteriorated quite badly and started to look like the Barisic of last season at Parkhead which is quite worrying with a visit there round the corner. As for Yilmaz I agree he is a long way from starting. More worryingly, based on his Kilmarnock performance, I’m finding it difficult to see how he gets there. Too small, too lightweight, not much pace isn’t much to work with.

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