While one or two Rangers ‘fans’ slaughtered Ridvan Yilmaz’ display last night, the majority saw a young lad finally coming of age and producing his finest display in the shirt, on an occasion that actually mattered.
The Turk has taken a fair while to settle, but having produced what he did last night, it’s time up now for Borna Barisic, who has very little left to offer.
The biggest clue that Backwards Barisic is finished was the fact that the Croat has always been blaming the lack of movement from Ryan Kent on the LBs performance – indeed, fans of his have been using the same line.
But the reality is Kent was even less mobile last night, yet Yilmaz thrived behind him, showing Barisic is just a coward now who has no confidence and needs to move on from Rangers. And Gio has now confirmed the new boy is ready and will play a lot more now.
Ridvan’s stats made for solid reading:
75% passing rate, which was ok, 4 crosses, 2 accurate, 2 key passes, and 4 long balls of which one made it. This wasn’t blow away but it was decent.
Defensively? 5 defensive contributions including 3 interceptions. Again, solid and was the second-best Rangers defender statistically aside Davies.
But his heatmap was telling – he spent marginally about the same time in the opposition half as he did in our own. This meant he was covering both halves extremely well, even if Davies wasn’t making life easy for him by playing too narrow with King and leaving the Turk a bit isolated.
What does this tell us? Well look at Borna v Liverpool:
All pretty much in his own half which tells all it needs to about his patterns these days. Both had the same number of touches with a difference of only 7, as you can see.
In short, Ridvan is the way forward and after it looked like the Turk was ready to give up on Rangers, he’s been given the spotlight at last and he’s starting to look the part. He’s young, he’s in a new country, and finally given his debut in the UCL for Rangers and he did very well, being the best player on the night for the visiting side.
So that says it all.
There’s nowhere left for Borna to go.