Rangers defender Ridvan Yilmaz has suffered a significant hamstring injury, according to coach Michael Beale. The injury is expected to keep Yilmaz out for around 12 weeks.
Yilmaz, who joined Rangers from Besiktas in the summer, has not featured frequently for the club this season.
He is currently around six to seven weeks into his rehabilitation phase, which means it will likely take another five to six weeks for him to fully recover, depending on his progress.
Yilmaz’s injury means he will miss a significant portion of action in December and January. Unless coach Beale brings in a new left-back, either permanently or on loan, he will have to rely heavily on Borna Barisic to fill the role.
Barisic, who played in the World Cup with Croatia, will have an opportunity to impress for Rangers in the coming months.
He was linked with a move away from the club during the summer, but the transfer did not materialize.
Many believed that the arrival of Yilmaz would lead to Barisic losing his place in the starting lineup, but he has managed 15 league appearances so far, though his performances have been mixed.
Barisic has a contract with Rangers until 2024, and his future with the club will depend on how he performs in the coming months. Coach Beale will be counting on him to step up and recapture his best form during this crucial time for Rangers.