Rangers left back Ridvan Yilmaz has been criticised by pundit Andy Walker following his lack of real impact at Ibrox.

Rangers fans may feel that the money from Calvin Bassey’s sale to Ajax was somewhat wasted.

The Gers struck gold with Ajax forking out a big fee for Bassey, but Ross Wilson’s reinvestment didn’t go to plan.

Ben Davies hasn’t really replaced Bassey whilst Rabbi Matondo still hasn’t made a consistent impact.

Then there is YIlmaz, who was a £5million signing from Besiktas.

Yilmaz arrived as the left back of the future after four goals and seven assists in 62 outings for Besiktas – but he hasn’t shown that form for Rangers.

Andy Walker critical of Ridvan Yilmaz

Yilmaz has only managed 16 appearances for Rangers and has only played 25 minutes so far this season.

Injuries and shaky defending mean Yilmaz hasn’t been able to take over from Borna Barisic as Rangers’ first-choice left back.

Pundit Andy Walker has now shared his view on Yilmaz, telling the Go Radio Football Show that he thinks Rangers simply haven’t seen ‘any evidence’ of his quality.

Walker believes that Yilmaz looks ‘okay’ when he comes into the Rangers team but sadly thinks the Gers vastly overpaid based on what we have seen so far.

Walker also feels that Yilmaz’s arrival was supposed to coincide with Borna Barisic’s departure, but the Croatian staying has impacted Yilmaz.

“The biggest disappointment about Yilmaz was he was bought for a lot of money and we haven’t seen any evidence of his quality,” said Walker. “He comes in from time to time and he looks as though he might be an okay player, but not to the level of investment that Rangers have made on him.”

“I do think it seemed as though, when Rangers bought him, I think the message was that Borna Barisic was going to go, they were going to sell him, they were going to get a bit of money for him,” he added.

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Yilmaz must step up this season

Rangers don’t just throw £5million fees around; the fact is that big things are expected of YIlmaz moving forward.

Maybe Rangers were happy for Yilmaz to have a quiet first season as he settled into life in Glasgow.

Maybe Rangers just wanted Yilmaz to learn behind a more experienced left back in Barisic for his debut season.

That first season has gone now though and Rangers really need to see development from Yilmaz.

Yilmaz must show that he can be depended upon, both in terms of availability and defensive qualities – or risk being flogged in 2024.

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