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Rangers: Gio van Bronckhorst must finally unleash Ridvan Yilmaz

Glasgow Rangers must put their Champions League celebrations aside to prepare for a return to Premiership action this weekend.

Gio van Bronckhorst’s men beat PSV 1-0 away from home on Wednesday to secure their place in the group stage of Europe’s premier club competition, thanks to a goal from Croatian striker Antonio Colak.

They now have trips to Liverpool, Ajax, and Napoli coming up over the next two-and-a-half months, but for now their next match is at Ibrox against Ross County.

The Dutch head coach may now look to switch up his starting XI from the huge European result in midweek in order to rest some players and offer chances to others.

One player who he must now finally unleash is Turkish left-back Ridvan Yilmaz in place of Borna Barisic, with the 21-year-old unused in the league since the win over Kilmarnock three weeks ago.

The £5m summer signing from Besiktas has only made two appearances since arriving in Glasgow, starting in a 2-0 win over Kilmarnock and coming off the bench against Union Saint-Gilloise, and has been involved in seven matchday squads.

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He has been an unused substitute in all of the club’s last five matches in all competitions, and with games coming thick and fast, this clash could be a great opportunity to give Barisic a rest and offer Yilmaz the chance to prove that the Light Blues were right to bring him in.

Ross Wilson dubbed him an “exciting” player with “high potential and high quality” and went on to say: “He’s a talented young player who has been coveted throughout Europe following outstanding performances for Besiktas. We also know how highly regarded he is in the Turkish National Team.”

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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The 21-year-old is an attack-minded full-back who could get the fans at Ibrox off their seats with his ability in the final third.

In the Super Lig last season, the defender chipped in with three goals and four assists in 23 starts for Besiktas, creating five ‘big chances’.

Meanwhile, Barisic failed to score a goal and racked up just three assists – creating three ‘big chances’ – in 22 Premiership starts during the 2021/22 campaign.

Yilmaz also caught the eye for Turkey in their World Cup qualifiers last autumn. In less than 90 minutes across three matches, he registered two assists, created two ‘big chances’ and provided four key passes.

These statistics suggest that, if he can carry such form over to Scotland, the former Besiktas dynamo could offer more than Barisic when it comes to contributing at the attacking end of the pitch from left-back.

Therefore, it would be exciting to see what the youngster is capable of doing from the start, and Van Bronckhorst must now unleash him to see if he can make a difference by bombing up the left flank.

Article title: Rangers: Gio van Bronckhorst must finally unleash Ridvan Yilmaz

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