By Saikat Mandal

25th Nov, 2022 | 9:15pm

Rangers new boss given major boost as Ridvan Yilmaz rejects exit talks

Rangers left-back Ridvan Yilmaz has shunned talks of leaving Ibrox in the January transfer window. 

The young defender joined the club in the summer transfer window from Besiktas, and the club has high hopes for him. 

He struggled initially under Giovanni van Bronckhorst, and then picked up an injury just when it looked like he was returning to some kind of form. 

Turkish media Takvim reported on 8 November that the player is unhappy at Rangers, and he would welcome a move back to his native land in January. 

It was reported that three Turkish clubs are interested in taking him back, but it appears that Yilmaz has no plans of leaving Ibrox. 

“I want to play in the top leagues in Europe until the age of 28 or 29 at least and prove myself,” said Yilmaz, as quoted by Daily Record.

“So I have no intention of returning to Turkish football right now.” 

Yilmaz, who signed a five-year deal at Ibrox when he joined, will be looking to impress the new manager when the club football resumes next month. 

Van Bronckhorst has left the club, and if the widespread reports are to be believed, the Bears are likely to appoint Michael Beale, who is the current manager at Queens Park Rangers. 

Yilmaz started just two league games under the Dutchman and struggled to dislodge first-choice Borna Barisic from the starting line-up. 

He showed his quality against Napoli and Dundee and was looking good against Aberdeen when he picked up a nasty hamstring injury that ruled him out until the World Cup. 

It should be like a fresh start for him, and it seems he is ready for the challenge. 

In other Rangers news, the Gers midfielder has suffered a major injury blow and could be out until March.