Rangers media decision highlights buzz generated by reported £5m move


Rangers media decision highlights buzz generated by reported £5m move

New Rangers signing Ridvan Yilmaz has faced the media for the first time as an Ibrox player in a move that highlights the buzz the signing from Besiktas has created around Turkey and Europe.

The young left-back, 21, has just joined Rangers in a deal which could reach a reported £5m amid interest from some of Europe’s top leagues.

According to reports, there has been interest from representatives in each of Europe’s top five leagues over the course of the last year.

Rangers are of course smarting having signed the wing-back on a five-year deal with the frustrated reaction amongst Besiktas fans showing how highly the Turkish side rated Ridvan Yilmaz.

But in taking to a specially prepared press conference where Ridvan Yilmaz answered questions in English via an interpreter, it highlights the media interest in the signing in Scotland, Turkey and beyond.

Ridvan Yilmaz ready to make Rangers impression after Besiktas move

This is of course a substantial outlay for Rangers, with only Ryan Kent (£7m) representing a larger one in the current crop of players, and plenty will have an eye on how Ridvan does at Ibrox.

Not least the media in Turkey, and whilst Rangers clearly didn’t sign Yilmaz with a profile boost in mind it certainly can’t hurt to have so much exposure surrounding the deal.

As for Ridvan Yilmaz himself, the left-back insists he is fit, raring to go and ready to contribute to the Rangers side.

The ex-Besiktas kid has also set his sights on turning the club’s Champions League fortunes around ahead of the visit of Union Saint Gilloise next week.

“My dream is to get Rangers into the Champions League and also to finish the league in a good position, to win more cups, to contribute,” said Yilmaz.

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“It’s an important match for the fans [Union second leg] and the club. We have the ability to reach the Champions League and I think that will be the result.

“In the Champions League, players should double their performance and the teams are always challenging. We have to double the performance and do better because it’s challenging.”

Speaking of Ridvan Yilmaz, he forms one half of a £9m pair Rangers must incorporate immediately ahead of the Champions League return.

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