The situation with Ridvan Yilmaz thankfully isn’t as worrying for Rangers as it could have been, with the recent renaissance of Croat star Borna Barisic.
The Turk, just 22, and only just turned it, has his whole career ahead of him, but unfortunately his Rangers career has been absolute disaster – he has made just 15 appearances since joining last summer, and that was for a fee of £4.5M rising to £6M.
Clearly, at the moment, that number isn’t going up because he’s so far short of the appearances it’s not funny – Rangers have been through this piffle before with Kemar Roofe, Filip Helander and Tom Lawrence – constant, long-term niggling injuries on and off which completely derail a player’s Ibrox career.
Lawrence has a lot of work to do to get back fitness, Rangers gave up entirely on the Swede and Roofe we still don’t trust to stay fit.
But Ridvan is becoming a problem. Not a problem of selection… we have Borna and young Johnly Yfeko as the main options right now, but instead a problem of investment – he was completely omitted from Rangers’ Champions League squad.
We spent £4.5M initial on Yilmaz and we’ve had nothing back on that. Not a thing. We’ve had just 11 starts in over a year, and while he was very impressive in last season’s split, it is meaningless given Celtic had won the title.
John Souttar was also impressive, but he’s backed that up where it counts by continuing it this season in meaningful football.
Ridvan has been unable to do that, and it’s becoming a major concern that he’s played by far the least amount of football of the last three windows’ signings, pro rata. Even Rabbi Matondo is getting his game on now.
Ridvan? Still unavailable.
Thankfully, as mentioned, we’ve got Borna in great form again – he’s defensively looking good and been assisting and crossing like old, so it’s not the problem it could have been.
But it’s not ideal either.
We hope he can get over these issues soon, once and for all.