View: Van Bronckhorst wastes chance for Ridvan Yilmaz to shine as Rangers cruise to 4-0 win v Hearts
Ridvan Yilmaz was overlooked yet again by Giovanni van Bronckhorst on Saturday as Rangers beat Hearts 4-0 away at Tynecastle in the Scottish Premiership.
Yilmaz, 21, joined the Gers from Besiktas for £5million in the summer transfer window [Sky Sports] but since his move, the Turkey left-back has played a paltry three times in all competitions, amounting to 176 minutes.
Borna Barisic has kept Yilmaz on the bench or out of the squad altogether this season even though the experienced Croatia international hasn’t been in the best of form.
It makes you wonder why exactly is Yilmaz constantly left out of the side by van Bronckhorst.
On Saturday (1 October), Rangers cruised to victory against Hearts with Antonio Colak putting the Europa League runners-up two goals ahead after half an hour before Cammy Devlin was sent off nine minutes later.
It was a straightforward game for the Light Blues at that point – perfect for blooding youngsters.
However, the average age of van Bronckhorst’s substitutes against Hearts was 26 with 37-year-old Steven Davis among them as he was subbed in at half-time.
Van Bronckhorst snubbed the chance to hand opportunities and invaluable minutes to Yilmaz and fellow youngster Leon King, who’d have no doubt benefitted from playing at Tynecastle.
Does van Bronckhorst not rate Yilmaz? Does he not think he’s ready yet? Does he not think he’s as good as Barisic?
If one of those is the case then why on earth was £5million spent on him in the summer?
Rangers didn’t spend much in the summer and the money splashed on Yilmaz, in terms of the Scottish game, was significant.
There’s something amiss regarding Yilmaz.
Let’s hope Rangers aren’t holding the talented young Turkey international back.
In other Rangers news, could King start against Liverpool in the Champions League?