The iconic Turkish midfielder is one of the country’s greatest exports and he was snapped enjoying a moment with Rangers’ new left-back Yilmaz, who has joined from Super Lig side Besiktas.
Rangers will pay an initial £3.4m to bring Ridvan Yilmaz to Glasgow with the deal potentially rising to £5m and including an add-on fee involving any future transfer [Sky Sports].
But in signing the deal the 21-year-old left-back becomes the first Turkish international since Tugay to turn out at Rangers and the excitement in the support is already building.
With Tugay now meeting Yilmaz for a chat, and the image being shared on social media by the club’s official account, it’s only added to it.
New Rangers signing Ridvan Yilmaz meets Tugay Kerimoglu
Rangers signed Tugay from Galatasaray in the January of 1999 whilst the club was under the management of Dick Advocaat and the Turkish maestro impressed in the Gers midfield.
Playing a total of 18 months with the club, winning the SPL and Scottish Cup in his only full season, Rangers fans fondly remember a wonderfully talented footballer who knew how to orchestrate things from midfield.
This too played out during Tugay’s time south of the border, with the midfielder moving to Blackburn Rovers in a £1.3m deal in 2000 and going on to become a club legend at Ewood Park.
Spending eight seasons with Rovers and playing 270 times, Tugay strutted his stuff in Blackburn during the club’s time in the top half of the English Premier League.
Also earning 94 caps for the Turkish national team, scoring twice, Tugay was part of the legendary Turkey side who finished 3rd at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.
Whilst Ridvan Yilmaz may well be looking to follow in Tugay’s footsteps by using Rangers as a stepping stone to the Premier League, this meeting will be a welcome sight to fans.
If the youngster didn’t already know what he was getting himself in for when it comes to the Rangers move, we’ve no doubt Tugay will have left him in no doubts.
Speaking of Rangers’ move for Ridvan Yilmaz, the Ibrox club reportedly pipped sides from Europe’s top five leagues to the left-back’s signing.