Ridvan officially ends speculation about his Rangers future

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Ridvan officially ends speculation about his Rangers future
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 14: David Neres of SL Benfica is challenged by Ridvan Yilmaz of Rangers during the UEFA Europa League 2023/24 round of 16 second leg match between Rangers FC and SL Benfica at Ibrox Stadium on March 14, 2024 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In further positive news for Rangers fans to have something to smile about, Turkish star Ridvan Yilmaz has committed himself to Rangers and isn’t thinking about a transfer, after announcing he’s happy at the club and doesn’t intend to leave.

In a refreshing change from an asset player, when most seem to big up a future elsewhere (isn’t that right Alfredo and Nico), Yilmaz has pledged himself to Govan following two years of Turkish transfer outlets repeatedly hawking him for a move back to his homeland.

He has sought to finally put an end to this:

“I am very happy at Rangers right now and there is no thought about any future transfer for me. I am enjoying my break with my family here and I will return to Scotland in time for the pre-season training camp soon.”

This is about the most convincing ‘I’m happy here’ statement we’ve heard from a Rangers player for years, at least, one we genuinely wanted to keep, and his prominent place in the shirt launch was no accident either.

Raskin bigging up Chelsea, Morelos wanting the Premier League, even Barisic who couldn’t deny potential interest in him so remained cryptic – whereas ex-Besiktas star Yilmaz, who finally secured his place since January at Ibrox, is clear that he’s not moving.

Of course, we know it could be lip service, but Yilmaz worked on himself, his football, settling in, and of course, learning English, and having achieved all that and finally securing the position as his own, it would be a real kicker to himself to then leave.

Ridvan has put a LOT of work into Rangers, injuries, acclimatising, homesickness, all of it – he’s grown into a man the past two years and he’s learned the King’s English while he’s at it.

Of course, every player has a price and if a massive £10M bid arrived maybe the club would think about it, but the player has poured cold water on the speculation from his home country’s media and confirmed he isn’t going anywhere.

He’s at Rangers for the long term if he has anything to say about it.

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