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Rangers: Van Bronckhorst can land their next Tugay with Kartal Yilmaz

Recent reports have seen Glasgow Rangers linked with a move for midfielder, Kartal Yilmaz, having already brought his namesake and ex-teammate Ridvan Yilmaz from to Ibrox so far this summer.

That fact has seen journalist Pete O’Rourke suggest that the Old Firm giants could have an “advantage” in the race to land the 21-year-old starlet, with the player potentially set to be available on loan this summer.

The 5 foot 10 man previously enjoyed a temporary stint at Ümraniyespor in Turkey’s second tier last season, helping the club to secure promotion back into the Super Lig after playing a starring role from his defensive midfield berth.

The Besiktas youngster notably chipped in with seven assists and provided one goal from his 30 league outings, while further showcasing his creative flair by registering two key passes per game, with that record in the latter metric significantly better than the likes of Steven Davis (0.9), Glen Kamara (1.3) and Ryan Jack (1.7) from the current Gers squad during the 2021/22 campaign.

The Turkey-born gem has also got off to a strong start in the new season at his parent club – where he has made just ten senior appearances thus far – as he impressed in the recent 1-0 victory over Kayserispor, winning an impressive 100% of his ground duels and recording three interceptions and one tackle from his 77-minute outing.

Should he be snapped up by Giovanni van Bronckhorst and co, those at Ibrox will be hoping he can emulate his compatriot and fellow midfielder, Tugay Kerimoglu, with the now-retired gem having enjoyed a brief, yet impressive stint in Glasgow almost 20 years ago.

While perhaps best remembered for his eye-catching spell at Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League, the chain-smoking genius become something of a cult figure during his time in Scotland, earning the acclaim of supporters for his classy touch and flair after joining in January 2000.

Although he lasted just 18 months before being snapped up by former Gers boss Graeme Souness at Ewood Park, the ageing playmaker still played his part in helping the Scottish Premiership side to silverware.

His remarkable talent saw former Blackburn coach Mark Hughes once reveal that the 51-year-old was the “best I’ve managed, best I’ve played against”, such was his impact on British football even in his advancing years.

His affection for the club has clearly remained as it was recently revealed he had been talking to the aforementioned Ridvan Yilmaz about life at Rangers, amid the left-back’s wait to gain a work permit ahead of his now completed deal.

Tugay can potentially work his magic again and persuade Kartal Yilmaz to make the switch before the September deadline, with the hope being that the young midfielder can match the levels of the 94-cap magician.

If the highly-rated prospect’s form of last season is anything to go by, then he clearly has the quality to make a difference both in the final third and defensively.