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Rangers: Ben Jackson links could be bad news for Ridvan Yilmaz

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Rangers could look to make a move for Huddersfield Town left-back Ben Jackson in January, which could have potentially negative ramifications for Ridvan Yilmaz.

Journalist Pete O’Rourke, who was writing for Football Insider, has said that the Gers are keeping tabs on the 21-year-old during his breakthrough season for the Championship side.

The same journalist then went on to report that the left-back could cost the Glasgow giants £1.5m in January, as the club look to strengthen their depth at full-back.

However, whilst on the face of it, it would seem to come as good news to fans and supporters of the Gers, there may be one person at Ibrox who won’t be so chuffed with the transfer revelation. 

Having arrived at Rangers from Besiktas in a deal which could rise up to £5.3m in the summer transfer window, Yilmaz may have felt that he would be seeing more game time at Ibrox this campaign.

However, the form of fellow full-back Borna Barišic (who is ranked as the club’s second best performing player in the Premiership this season according to SofaScore) has meant that the six-time Turkey international has been limited to just seven appearances for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side this campaign, according to Transfermarkt.

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With the World Cup break upon us, the 21-year-old, who has been described as having “high potential and high quality” by Ross Wilson, may have felt that he could have used the time away from playing to focus on impressing the Dutch manager in an attempt to stake a claim to be the club’s regular first-choice left-back going into the second-half of the campaign.

However, with the club’s seeming interest in Jackson a further set-back could lie ahead for Yilmaz, who could find himself acting as the club’s third-choice left-back if the Huddersfield man is to sign for the Ibrox club in the new year. 

Whether the Gers get the deal over the line or not remains to be seen, but the links to the English full-back may come as a big blow to the confidence of the Turkish prospect, who may now begin to angle for a loan move away from the club in order to get regular playing time under his belt. 

Whilst, there is no saying that Rangers will move on their reported interest in Jackson, there is no doubt that rumours like this will suggest that the club and van Bronckhorst are not confident in Yilmaz being able to turn around his already dwindling career at Ibrox, and a move away may now be the most likely solution come the January transfer window.

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