How Ridvan Yilmaz gave Rangers some Europa League revenge on Eintracht Frankfurt

Rangers defender Ridvan Yilmaz has spoke of his pride at signing for Rangers – after turning down a move to Europa League Final rivals Eintracht Frankfurt.

The left-back was wanted by both sides two months after they met in Seville for the UEFA trophy – but this time Rangers emerged victorious with the player’s signature as prize.

Speaking for the first time at his new club and asked about the transfer talk, Yilmaz admitted: “I felt valuable. Of course I wanted the best for myself and, in the end, that was Rangers. I’m really happy about the end result. I’m proud to be at Rangers.”

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The Turkish international, capped six times, now wants to help his new team into the group stage of the Champions League where he played last season with Besiktas – and where Frankfurt already are, qualified in Pot A courtesy of the penalty shoot-out win in May.

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Yilmaz made his Rangers debut in Belgium on Tuesday night and is in line for domestic duty against Kilmarnock on Saturday and added: “I have played in big games and big derbies in Turkey. I really enjoyed it. I’ll do that here as well and I’ll do my best in the Rangers-Celtic derby.

"I played at a big club in Turkey. I’m playing at a big club here in Scotland.

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"The ground is really good. The changing room is pretty much the same as in Turkey. In terms of playing and the toughness and the technique, it is quite different – a little better here,” he added.

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Ridvan Yilmaz was in demand this summer from both Europa League finalists (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)
After meeting in Seville in may, Rangers and Eintracht Frankfurt competed for the Turkish international's signature two months later. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)



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