Rangers in £4m Turkish star link amid van Bronckhorst transfer admission


Rangers in £4m Turkish star link amid van Bronckhorst transfer admission

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has confirmed the club are considering a move for a left-back as the Ibrox side are linked to Besiktas and Turkey star Ridvan Yilmaz.

The Gers are about to sell stand-out defensive option Calvin Bassey on a reported £23m deal to Dutch giants Ajax and as a result have the cash reserves to move for an appropriate target.

But with Ben Davies coming in on a £4m deal – the Liverpool defender most widely used as a centre-back but formerly a left-back – it poses an interesting question.

Do Rangers move for a more traditional left-back option to provide competition to Borna Barisic, who impressed in the pre-season friendly win over West Ham?

Or do they stick with what they have and rely on the Croatian international, who at times has shown himself to be injury prone and confidence shy?

Many Gers fans would like to see direct competition brought in and speaking after that 3-1 friendly victory over the Hammers Giovanni van Bronckhorst admitted it’s an area the club are considering a move in, but only for the right deal.

“I only have Borna (at left back) and his performances are really good,” said van Bronckhorst [Rangers Review].

“We have to see how it will go in the coming weeks but if there is a possibility to add a new player in that role we have to decide that because we also have Adam Devine whose development is going in the right direction and we also have Leon King who can play there.”

That brings us nicely to Ridvan Yilmaz.

Rangers linked to move for Bestikas left-back Ridvan Yilmaz

The comments come as the Daily Mail link Rangers with a move for £4m-rated Ridvan Yilmaz, who at 20 is already a full Turkey internationalist and league winner with Besiktas.

Amid much conjecture surrounding Borna Barisic – who was even linked with a move to Turkish champions Trabzonspor earlier in the window – there was some suggestion Rangers would forced deeper into the left-back market this summer.

But as Borna, 29, enjoys a resurgence in form it creates a dilemma at Ibrox regarding who the Gers might move for this summer.

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Ridvan Yilmaz is certainly the type of player that would get Rangers fans excited but is spending £4m on the Besiktas kid justifiable when he will likely play second fiddle to Barisic?

Meanwhile, a controversial former Ibrox star has been lamenting comments he made when he first joined the Gers from a Premiership rival.