Just as Ridvan Yilmaz finally cracked Scottish football and looked a certain starter at Ibrox v Livi for Rangers, the Turk has caught the spreading plague engulfing everything in Govan as the former Besiktas man is ruled out with injury.
Yes, it’s happened yet again, as if we should actually be surprised, that a player who’s taken 3 months to get up to speed, FINALLY does so and starts to look the part for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men succumbs to the dreaded blight of injury which is starting to look beyond parody now.
First choice Borna Barisic has had pretty poor form of late, and was likely to start this one on the bench, but he will once again take his place after young Ridvan was ruled out with some mysterious ailment, as seems par for the course at Ibrox these days.
It’s especially cruel this time given Ridvan’s belated rise to finally becoming a serious starting contender after a very, very slow start to life in Glasgow with Rangers, the left back struggling for quite a while with the culture shock and especially language, so much so Gio was reluctant to pit him in when he was going to struggle to communicate.
But it seems he’s adapted a lot better now, and the 21-year old is now properly ready to play, proving so with a bright display midweek.
So it stands completely to reason that he’s now ruled out with injury, with the manager suggesting it’s short term and he’ll be back, but Rangers fans knowing only too well what that’s worth these days and the likelihood he’ll be ruled out till 2023 like pretty much everyone else.
Gio also confirmed Glen Kamara’s injury sees him miss Livi as well, but he hopes to have him back for Napoli, for all the use that is.
No, it’s the loss of Ridvan an especially sad one, just as he was finally grasping the responsibility of the shirt and impressing in it enough to suggest Borna finally had a proper rival for the slot.
For now, it’s all the Croat’s once again.