Rangers legend bewildered at Ridvan signing

Rangers legend bewildered at Ridvan signing
28 Feb 2002: Neil McCann of Rangers celebrates scoring the opening goal of the match during the UEFA Cup fourth round second leg match between Feyenoord and Rangers played at the De Kuip Stadion, in Rotterdam, Holland. Feyenoord won the match 3-2, winning the tie 4-3 on aggregate. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Dave Rogers/Getty Images

Neil McCann, who might not be seen on RTV for a while (we’ll see) for daring to question a decision, has indeed questioned the situation over Ridvan Yilmaz.

We at Ibrox Noise immediately put him in the first team on signing, stating, clearly, that we weren’t adding a £5.5M LB to make up the numbers, and that Borna Barisic’s Rangers career was surely over.

That this Turkey international would be immediately our first choice, and that was that.

Instead, the ex-Besiktas defender has made two starts, and one sub appearance, and that’s been it.

McCann is absolutely right to question everything about this – that we’ve invested major cash on a player who clearly wasn’t ready for the step up to Rangers or, more to the point, for the rigours of the SPL, is a curious state of affairs.

On seeing him play that one time he actually started in the league, he was a rabbit in headlights and completely out of his depth.

His first contribution inside two minutes was to be ‘relieved’ of the ball with complete ease, and that set the tone for him.

His display was a bit better v QoS but they’re a League One team and anyone making a judgement on such a lowly opponent really is clutching at straws.

Yilmaz came in a blaze of publicity, but he’s sunk without trace, and no one knows why he’s struggling so badly.

A young boy in a new country, a new language – clearly that’s going to have an impact on him, and some just do not settle. Others take a while, and some hit the ground running.

Thankfully Borna’s form is actually ok, and he’s been overall our best defender this season (not saying a lot there) but the absence of Ridvan from first team affairs really is bewildering.

McCann is not wrong to question it.

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  1. Tbd I cannot understand why we bought this lad was bought. In my opinion he is slick,fabulous crosser of a ball and fine shot,PLUS he has amazing pace.
    BUT,he is too small to defend and indeed deflect that is his first job. However Borna is a poor defender but he has some height on his side.
    So? Do we offload the young Turk in January…OR does he get a consistent chance?

    • Yilmaz doesn’t have amazing pace. I watched Kilmarnock players run away from him. And I’ve seen no evidence of his fabulous crossing. He is however lightweight and too small.

  2. Yes , a tricky 1 . It is difficult to hit the ground running in Scottish football and Rangers displays overall need to be highlighted .
    Unfortunately our campaign hasn’t gone the way we planned and that may be an issue with regards to SPL games .
    Borna has been our best defence so far as far as league games go and I understand Gios decision not to drop his favourable left back and not to dismiss Yilmax cagey entrance into Scottish football ,playing in reserves consistently may help the lad settle .
    Apart from that the lad should be available for approaching cup matches but all in all it’s up to the young lad to progress and impress .
    I’ve no doubt he will feature at some point although his transition needs to be addressed.

  3. Bought as replacement for borna,who wasnt great last season but nobody wanted him.5.5 million for a bench warmer is poor management from who??

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