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.