Rangers move for Kartal Yilmaz could mean Ibrox exit for Charlie McCann and Stephen Kelly
Rangers are reportedly eyeing a move for Besiktas midfielder Kartal Yilmaz and that could open the door for Charlie McCann and Stephen Kelly to leave the club this summer.
Turkish news outlet Fotomac revealed on 25 July that Rangers are eyeing a move for the 21-year-old midfielder after bringing his ex-teammate Ridvan Yilmaz to Ibrox.
If Giovanni van Bronckhorst adds another midfielder to his squad this summer, it could well pave the way for one of his younger players to leave Ibrox on loan to gain first-team football.
McCann has recently expressed his desire to remain at Ibrox and fight for his place under van Bronckhorst.
“At the minute I’m looking at staying and trying to push for a spot in the team this season,” said the 20-year-old [quoted by The Scottish Sun, 27 July].
He added: “Hopefully this season I can break through a bit more.
“Being in and around it every day, you’ve got to make yourself feel you’re part of it.
“You’ve got to buy into it.
“I think I’m definitely trying that.”
McCann clearly has ambitions to be playing for Rangers in the 2021/22 season but he also has to consider if he will be given a good amount of first-team opportunities.
He’s at a crucial stage of his career where he needs to playing regular first-team football and if van Bronckhorst adds another midfielder to his ranks, he will likely be pushed further down the rankings at Ibrox.
It’s a crucial decision for McCann to make.
A loan move for McCann is certainly more likely, whereas it wouldn’t be a shock to see Kelly leave Ibrox on a permanent deal if the club bring another midfielder in.
The 22-year-old has had a string of loan spells and has only made three first-team appearances.
He is clearly not in contention at Ibrox and a permanent move away could suit the 22-year-old midfielder, especially if another player comes into Ibrox.