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Glasgow Rangers: Ridvan Yilmaz passed Gio van Bronckhorst’s big test

Glasgow Rangers made their way through to the last four of the League Cup as Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men beat Dundee FC at Ibrox under the lights on Wednesday night.

The Light Blues won 1-0 as Steven Davis scored the only goal of the game and they will now face Aberdeen in the semi-finals with a chance of reaching the final.

Supporters booed the performance at the final whistle in spite of the win and Van Bronckhorst admitted after the match that he understood the frustration from the fans as he was not pleased with the display from his team.

The Athletic’s Jordan Campbell claimed that Dundee felt “comfortable” at Ibrox and described the home team’s showing against the Championship outfit as “flat”.

However, van Bronckhorst will be delighted with one player and that is left-back Ridvan Yilmaz. The rarely-seen defender has had to watch on from the sidelines as Borna Barisic has been the first-choice in that position, playing just twice in the Premiership this season.

Rangers snapped the Turkey international up for a package worth up to £5m from Besiktas in the summer but he has not played a minute of action in the group stages of the Champions League and Wednesday night’s clash was a test from the manager to see if he is ready for more game time.

Campbell praised the defender’s performance, Tweeting: “I’ve liked Yilmaz so far. Thinks forward first and drives inside really well. Difficult to stop over this first few yards.”

Jonny McFarlane of the Rangers Review gave the full-back a 7/10 in his player ratings piece, writing: “A really promising performance full of guile and invention from left-back. Dundee aren’t top-quality opposition of course, but there was enough in this display from the Turk to give a bit more evidence to why the club shelled out so much money to bring him from Besiktas in the summer.”

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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The Scottish Daily Express’ Lindsay Herron also handed the Turk a 7/10, citing his bombing runs and link-up play down the left as reasons why he caught the eye in a positive way.

These glowing reviews of his performance show that he passed van Bronckhorst’s big test with ease as he put in a superb display, within a disappointing team showing, at left-back.

Yilmaz will now be hoping that he has done enough to warrant more game time in the Premiership and Champions League in the coming weeks, so that he can go from being rarely-seen to a regular fixture in the side.