Rangers sign Turkish defender Yılmaz from Beşiktaş


Rangers have signed Turkish left-back Rıdvan Yılmaz from heavyweight Istanbul Beşiktaş on a five-year contract, the Scottish Premiership club announced on Monday.

Beşiktaş said in a separate statement that Rangers paid 4 million euros ($4.09 million) for the 21-year-old.

“I’m delighted to join a club the size of Rangers and I’m really looking forward to meeting my new teammates,” said Yılmaz, who won the Turkish league with Beşiktaş and has Champions League experience.

“They are a club that have shown they can compete with some of the best teams in Europe and I am excited about the challenges ahead of us.”

The signing is subject to international clearance and the work permit process is being finalized, Rangers said.

“I’m really delighted to have added Ridvan to our squad and I think he will bring a lot of quality to the club,” coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst said.

“I have been really impressed with his development in a very demanding and winning environment at Besiktas over the past few seasons.

“I look forward to welcoming him to training over the next few days and seeing him in action for the first time,” van Bronckhorst said in the club statement.

Yılmaz made his Turkey debut last year and has six caps.

A product of the Beşiktaş youth system, Yılmaz had featured in each of Turkey’s younger international squads.

“Gio and I were clear about our desire to invest in a high-potential, high-quality left-back,” said Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson.

“We have now achieved that with the signing of Ridvan Yılmaz. He is a talented young player who has been coveted all over Europe after outstanding performances for Besiktas. We also know how highly valued he is in the team. Turkish national.

“He’s another exciting young player to join our team, and we’re delighted to bring Ridvan to Rangers,” Wilson said.

Rangers, Scottish champions in 2020-21, finished second to Celtic last season and lost the Europa League final to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Van Bronckhorst’s side start the 2022-23 league campaign against Livingston on July 30.

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