By Joe Ellis

23rd Jul, 2022 | 7:10pm

Rangers expect to announce Ridvan Yilmaz soon but could be last of summer

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has admitted that Turkish left-back Ridvan Yilmaz could be the last signing of the summer.

As reported by Rangers Review journalist Joshua Barrie on Twitter, the Light Blues manager spoke after a 2-1 friendly defeat to a Harry Kane-led Tottenham Hotspur about the potential incoming of the 21-year-old.

It is understood that the Gers will pay £5.5million to bring Yilmaz to Ibrox from Besiktas with a medical underway already ahead of a potential announcement prior to the new Scottish Premiership season starting away at Livingston.

“Van Bronckhorst expects Ridvan Yilmaz to soon be a Rangers player. He says that Yilmaz will likely be the last incoming of this window, as long as nobody else departs Ibrox,” Barrie tweeted.

Yilmaz would be the seventh addition to van Bronckhorst’s squad after John Souttar, Antonio Colak, Tom Lawrence, Rabbi Matondo, Malik Tillman and Ben Davies.

Done and dusted

Once Yilmaz has passed his medical and signed on the dotted line, Rangers will have completed one of the best transfer windows in Scottish football history.

That is a big statement to make but you have to consider the fact that two of the Light Blues’ best players in Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey have left the club and van Bronckhorst’s squad is perhaps even better off despite that.

Aribo has already been replaced by Lawrence and Tillman while Souttar and Davies are there to take on Bassey’s role and the club will receive more than £30million for the two of them once add-ons are factored into the equation.

Meanwhile, no more than the £5.5million of Yilmaz has been spent on one single player with Lawrence and Souttar especially shrewd bits of business on a free transfer and the loan of Tillman, that can be made permanent, is very financially astute.

In other Rangers news, Yilmaz’s sale has already been confirmed by Besiktas who announced it via the Turkish Stock Exchange.