Rangers boss Michael Beale has praised new medical director Mark Waller as he fielded questions on an injury to Ridvan Yilmaz.

The Ibrox manager was discussing the situation surrounding young Turkish international Yilmaz, 22, who is currently the only star not in training.

Whilst there is a lack of clarity on the injury problem, Michael Beale had initially suggested Ridvan Yilmaz would return for the weekend’s win over Morton.

When this didn’t happen, the situation raised a few eyebrows, with the removal of Ridvan Yilmaz from the Champions League squad adding to the confusion.

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Speaking ahead of the Playoff clash with PSV Eindhoven, Michael Beale claims that Ridvan Yilmaz comes out of the squad for Ben Davies due to injury.

The Ibrox manager then went on to praise the impact of incoming Rangers director Mark Waller, who has turned around a devastating run of injuries in the squad.

“Obviously Ben comes back in because Ridvan is not fit,” Michael Beale said initially when asked about the Champions League squad amendments.

“He’s the only current player not training, there’s 26, 27 outfield players fit at the moment in the squad with a mixture of young ones thrown in.

“Ridvan will return to training after this game.

“The weekend might come a little bit too soon for him but certainly after that we’ve got a clean bill of health.

“The work that Mark Waller and the sports science and the medical team have done over the summer to rectify the issues we had with injuries has been fantastic.”

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Michael Beale praises Mark Waller in Ridvan Yilmaz response

With Rangers signing a reported £5m deal to sign Ridvan Yilmaz last summer, injuries have disrupted his first year in Glasgow.

Expectant Ibrox fans want to see more of what the 22-year-old can offer and the ex-Besiktas star is now challenged to get back to full fitness and make an impact on the side.

As for Dr Mark Waller, the established football practitioner was at Ibrox during Steven Gerrard’s time at Rangers and has spent time with Liverpool, Aston Villa and England.

Leaving for Leicester City last season, one year on Mark Waller was back at Rangers as the director of medical and performance.

Michael Beale’s comments suggest that Rangers have made the right move resigning the good doctor and let’s hope the club’s injury woes are behind us.

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