Former Rangers target thrives as £5M signing struggles

Former Rangers target thrives as £5M signing struggles
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 06: Rangers new signing Ridvan Yilmaz gets taken down by Alan Power of Kilmarnock during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Kilmarnock FC at Ibrox Stadium on August 6, 2022 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

There’s a bit of a feeling Rangers may have missed out by signing Ridvan Yilmaz and not former Hibs man Josh Doig, who instead went to Italy and is tearing it up with Hellas in Serie A.

An assist and a goal in four outings in Italy’s top flight has seen Doig’s talent bloom on one of the biggest stages there is, one of Europe’s top five, and while the side as a whole is at the wrong end of the table, his talent has meant Doig has started in two (both league), come on in two (league) and only miss out on the squad twice.

Meanwhile, Yilmaz has also started in two (league and cup) but certainly hasn’t broken into the team like Doig has.

We would never dismiss a player by suggesting Rangers made a mistake, but with Doig there was a proven SPL talent available for around £4M and Rangers elected to sign Yilmaz instead.

Now, we’re no hypocrites – on the CV of Yilmaz we were completely won over by his reputation – Turkey top flight international, Besiktas key player, you name it. This was the marquee addition of the summer.

But one thing Doig utterly had was that SPL experience.

But one thing he didn’t have was Yilmaz’ experience of a top club – Besiktas are a traditional top four or five club in Turkey (indeed champions only a couple of seasons ago), with the pressure that comes with that. Doig didn’t have that at Hibs nor does he have it at Hellas.

Yilmaz knows pressure all too well, he’s grown up with it.

So while Doig is having a decent time in Italy, don’t count Yilmaz out just yet.

He has the pedigree.

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