By Joe Ellis

25th Jul, 2022 | 4:41pm

Rangers want to sign Besiktas midfielder Kartal Yilmaz, talks to be held

Rangers have not ended their raid of Turkish Super League side Besiktas with Kartal Yilmaz next on the agenda, according to Fotomac.

The Light Blues are already on the brink of signing Ridvan Yilmaz – no relation – for £5.5million with the deal expected to be confirmed in the next 24 hours [Daily Record, 25 July, back page].

The 21-year-old left-back was thought to be the last addition of the summer unless a sale required a replacement but it appears the Bears want to return to Turkey for another top young talent.

Rangers have already made contact with Besiktas over the also 21-year-old Kartal Yilmaz who plays in midfield and further discussions with the board at the Vodafone Park Arena are set to be held soon.

The Turkish starlet spent the 2021-22 campaign on loan at Ümraniyespor where he made 45 appearances, scoring once having previously played half a dozen games for Besiktas.

Yilmaz FC

If your name is Yilmaz, then roll up to Ibrox because Rangers want you.

Perhaps that is a bit of an exaggeration considering they only have one almost certain to arrive and this is purely a rumour at this stage but the Light Blues are staying around in Turkey as they search for bargain signings.

It is working too and Giovanni van Bronckhorst must have been encouraged by what he has seen from Ridvan Yilmaz and maybe he has asked if he has any other recommendations from Besiktas that he should be looking at.

Kartal Yilmaz is unlikely to be an instant starter like his namesake Ridvan at left-back because the midfield is a highly competitive area at Ibrox right now.

John Lundstram will be the first name on the teamsheet followed closely by Glen Kamara with Tom Lawrence and Malik Tillman being the attacking options before the likes of Ryan Jack, Steven Davis and Scott Arfield enter the equation.

In other Rangers news, there have been some very encouraging words coming from van Bronckhorst about the contract debacle of one of the star men at Ibrox.