There’s no two ways about it, Inter’s interest in former Hibernian left back Josh Doig, who has had a stellar time of it with Hellas Veronas in Serie A just highlights the absolute shambles Ross Wilson, Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Rangers as a whole made in paying £6M for Ridvan Yilmaz rather than just giving Hibs what they wanted for their star player.
Rangers have been horrendous this season in defence, with left back a particular problem given Borna Barisic’s modest form at best, and Ridvan’s injury as well as inability to follow the manager’s orders and isolation from the first team as a result.
Consequently, Hibs’ man would have been an infinitely better acquisition, the £3M defender making his way to Italy rather than Govan and now starring in a league which has Europe’s attention, as well as the attention of one of Italy’s top 5 sides.
Rangers were certainly interested in him, but thanks to our appalling scouting network thought going for the rather random figure of the Turkish international would be a better move – we can only assume Rangers were trying to grow our network in the Mediterranean market because otherwise, the Ridvan addition really hasn’t worked.
But Doig’s taken to Italy like a duck to water, and is easily Hellas’ best player now, and clearly would have been fine at Ibrox, if the club had realised he’d be a much better and more sensible option than Ridvan, which to the untrained eye didn’t really seem that difficult a thing to ascertain.
Sporting Director Ross Wilson also suggested the signing of John Souttar was in part to fulfil our home-grown Scottish quota, we can tell you Josh Doig coming to Ibrox would have done the same job spectacularly, and been fit to actually play in the process.
This is one that absolutely got away, where we’ve arguably wasted over £5M on a Turk who sits ailed on the treatment table while the man Rangers should have got soars away in a European top 5 league and will likely end up as another Andrew Robertson in time.