Ridvan Yilmaz has had enough of Rangers’ bench

Ridvan Yilmaz has had enough of Rangers’ bench
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 24: Ridvan Yilmaz of Rangers is seen during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Heart of Midlothian at Ibrox Stadium on May 24, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As we promised yesterday, there would be more on the left back situation, and specifically that of Ridvan Yilmaz who, as we explained, is 16 months into his Rangers career and has only amassed 23 appearances amid injury and lack of favour.

It’s simply nowhere near enough, and the Turk’s agent is now set to meet Rangers to confront the club over his client’s situation.

Turkish sources, specifically Yağız Sabuncuoğlu, the Turkish Fabrizio Romano, have informed us that the boy’s agent Necdet Ergezen will fly to Scotland to try to identify the problem and potentially set up his January exit if that’s the chosen path.

Yilmaz, who has shown quality when he’s played, and was Rangers’ only real performer in the Champions League last season aside Scott Arfield, is now absolutely fed up with sitting on the bench and being on the outside, with Borna Barisic seemingly first choice despite bitty form.

Of course, it boils down to Philippe Clement. The manager has inherited the remnants of the Steven Gerrard era, the Giovanni van Bronckhorst era and the Michael Beale era, and while putting his own stamp early on, doesn’t have ‘his own players’.

Now we’ve explained that that’s not how he works, that he takes the players he’s given and works with them, but every club needs its refresh in the windows and Clement is reliant on a Director of Football giving him fresh bodies to assimilate into the squad.

But for Yilmaz? He doesn’t know where he stands, and we do understand the boy’s concerns. A year and a half in Scotland and he’s barely played, despite being a fine player.

Barisic for now seems to be number one again, and if Rangers were to sell Yilmaz in January, it would leave us with just the Croat as an option, and few would be content with that.

This situation is very much worth watching.

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