Graeme Souness exploited by Turkish media in Rangers ‘lie’

Graeme Souness exploited by Turkish media in Rangers ‘lie’
NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 23: Graeme Souness the manager of Newcastle United before the Barclays Premiership match between Newcastle United and Sunderland at St James' Park on October 23, 2005 in Newcastle, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Ibrox Noise is once again having to ‘bring the truth’ to the readership after a misleading story from another ‘Rangers’ site hit the airways with a very manipulative headline.

In truth, the story even fooled us briefly, but they have edited it marginally to be slightly less of a lie.

In short, Graeme Souness was quoted as saying in an interview:

“We’ve got a young guy in Glasgow, Ridvan Yilmaz, who I saw play for Rangers in the Old Firm game and he was one of the best players on the pitch. Unfortunately, from a Rangers perspective, I’m hearing he’s not terribly settled in Scotland and looking to get back here (to Turkey).”

Added to their headline of saying that ‘Graeme Souness says Ridvan Yilmaz wants to leave Rangers’, and it really is quite misleading to say the least.

They’ve since edited the quote to add ‘three weeks ago’ re: Old Firm, meaning the interview was recorded around the 20th of January. It’s available on YouTube:

This was over two months ago.

Now, while we couldn’t trust Souness any more at the best of times, they are manipulating his words here.

Ridvan was indeed unsettled around about December January time, but deep into March April he’s become a mainstay and there’s talk of Rangers extending his deal and rewarding his excellent form with a wage raise.

So this story is now basically redundant – when the interview was recorded, yes, there was some relevance we admit, but for some reason the broadcaster, a Turkish channel called TRT World only published it three days ago.

Souness had travelled to Turkey, to Istanbul, to speak to ex-Scotland First Minister Alex Salmond (who works for Russia’s RT (or did) and Turkey’s TRT these days) about football at Galatasaray’s Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi (Or RAMS Park for sponsorship) where of course he himself worked years ago.

He spoke about his career etc, and Ridvan and Rangers came up, and what he said was mostly true in January, but now it’s just not, and using that as a story today is just false.

Mind you, given it’s April 1st, will anyone believe our clarification?

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