Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst has revealed that Ridvan Yilmaz picked up a knee injury during the 1-0 win over Dundee earlier this week.
The Turkish defender was one of the few players who impressed in the Premier Sports Cup and there was some hope that he would be selected against Livingston this weekend.
Yilmaz has been a peripheral figure at Ibrox, despite the Gers splashing out an initial £3.4m on the player back in July, but supporters on Twitter are disappointed that he is now sidelined due to fitness problems:
Obviously it had to be him.
— Dave (@dave_n84) October 21, 2022
Of course he is 🤦🏻♂️
— Colin Mathie (@madnutter0102) October 21, 2022
Oh ffs…. Our only shining light from the Dundee game…. Why doesn’t that surprise me 🤣🤣🤣
— John Alexander (@johnalex5500) October 21, 2022
It’s like anyone that dares to show promise is struck down 😂
— RossCO (@rosscofaz) October 21, 2022
Was never likely to start anyway. I don’t think he was Gio’s player in the first place.
— Billy M (@WMacewan) October 21, 2022
— TheOldFashioned (@TOldFashioned) October 21, 2022
It hasn’t been an easy start to life in Scotland for Yilmaz. Van Bronckhorst has mentioned on more than one occasion that the 21-year-old has been finding it hard to settle in the country and that has contributed to his lack of game time.
The fullback has, though, impressed some fans when he has been given a rare runout and he will be looking to get back from injury as soon as possible so he can try and force his way into van Bronckhorst’s first-team plans.