With the confirmation Rangers left back and Turkey’s Ridvan Yilmaz, or is that Rıdvan Yılmaz, is out till at least March, it reveals one thing – unless the likes of Galatasaray or any other European mob wants an injured player, the former Besiktas man isn’t going anywhere.
If there is one thing we’re certain of, it’s that teams don’t sign players who are patently out injured. Well, unless they’re not Rangers, that is, with tongue fully in cheek.
But being serious, Yilmaz will remain a Rangers player for the rest of the season despite all the hype about him leaving simply because no one is going to add a player to their roster who’s broken from the word go.
Is this a good thing? Yes it is. Regardless of how badly the first 6 months have gone for the young Turk, his talent is obvious. He has good ball distribution, he’s quick, he’s nimble, and while he’s not the most physical of left backs, he makes up for it with positional reading.
In fact, he’s probably the natural successor to Borna Barisic, who is definitely starting to advance in his years, being the wrong side of 30 now and arguably past his best as well – Rangers brought Ridvan in as a replacement for Barisic, but it just didn’t work out, mainly due to the ex-manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst, and injury compounded it.
But Ridvan’s target now is mid-Spring, when he’ll be fit again, and can finally start to challenge Barisic properly, assuming Rangers don’t sign another LB.
Yilmaz is Michael Beale’s kind of fullback in truth – he’s not that different to Tavernier on the other side – quick, pacey, and all about getting forward and supporting attack. We haven’t seen enough of him to know how good he is at shutting the door at the other end.
But we do know, of what brief samples we’ve had, that he was very much NOT the kind of fullback Gio likes, and IS the kind Beale does.
And he could well have a big role to play in Rangers under this manager going forward.
We just cannot see a crocked defender being signed by anyone in the window.