Rangers signing rubbishes exit talk as he is set new manager challenge


Rangers signing rubbishes exit talk as he is set new manager challenge

Rangers summer signing Ridvan Yilmaz has rubbished talk of leaving Ibrox and returning to Turkey amid links to Galatasaray and Trabzonspor in his homeland.

The Ibrox club paid a reported £3.4m rising to £5m [Sky Sports] to sign the Turkish international ex-Besiktas left-back who at 21 is very much viewed as a project player in Scotland.

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Initially struggling to break through into Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side amid suggestions of the player having difficulty settling, Ridvan Yilmaz has seen game time limited this season.

This resulted in several reports back in the player’s homeland claiming that clubs such as Galatasaray and Trabzonspor were monitoring the situation.

In total, the left-back has only made seven appearances this season and started only four games as he settles into life in Scotland.

But after appearing to start getting a run in the side, Ridvan Yilmaz picked up an injury and joins an extensive list of key first team players on the sidelines.

Now, speaking to the press in his homeland, Ridvan Yilmaz claims he has no plans to return to Turkey and suggested Rangers are a stepping zone to something bigger.

“I want to play in the top leagues in Europe until the age of 28 or 29 at least and prove myself,” said Ridvan Yilmaz.

“So I have no intention of returning to Turkish football right now.”

Rangers star Ridvan Yilmaz will be hoping to be more involved in the second half of the season and is expected to return to the team after the World Cup break.

The left-back has also got to impress a new manager after the sacking of Giovanni van Bronckhorst, which combined with having six months to settles means Ridvan will be hopeful to be more involved after the break.

Rangers continue the hunt for a new boss with a clear frontrunner emerging at Ibrox.