Rangers must surely be preparing £5m statement against St Mirren

Rangers must surely be preparing £5m statement against St Mirren

Ridvan Yilmaz has struggled to breakthrough into the Rangers side since moving to Ibrox but surely this weekend’s clash with St Mirren represents a huge chance for the left-back.

The Turkish international, 21, joined the Ibrox side in the summer for a reported £5m but has scarcely been seen amid settling in Scotland and resurgent Borna Barisic form.

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Widely regarded as amongst the brightest talents in the Turkish game, Rangers turned heads by signing the left-back but also because of the transfer attached to the player.

In his final year at Besiktas and linked to the likes of Barcelona and Eintracht Frankfurt previously, Rangers moved to sign the player after the sale of Calvin Bassey.

Ridvan Yilmaz surely in line for Rangers start v St Mirren

So far Ridvan Yilmaz has seen his gametime limited at Ibrox, with the left-back making only three appearances since joining in the summer.

One of those was against Belgian side USG in Champions League qualifying, whilst the other two have been started against Kilmarnock in the Premiership and Queen of the South in the League Cup.

In fact, Yilmaz hasn’t been seen since he provided an assist in the 3-1 win over the Doonhammers at the end of August and not in the league since that 4-0 win over Killie at the beginning of the same month.

The fact Rangers have splashed out such a substantial fee on a player who is not yet influencing the first team has raised eyebrows in the support who’ve had their much-publicised quarrels with the Gers’ summer business.

While it does take time for players to settle at Ibrox, Rangers fans want to see more from a player who represents the club’s biggest outlay this summer.

Against St Mirren at Ibrox, with Rangers resurgent domestically, it could represent the perfect opportunity to get a better look at Ridvan Yilmaz and what he can bring to the side.

Meanwhile, one Ibrox international has been on the receiving end of criticism for a perceived lack of commitment at Rangers.

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