Ridvan Yilmaz in Tears as Philippe Clement Reveals Injury Ahead of Scottish Cup Final

Rangers manager Philippe Clement has revealed defender Ridvan Yilmaz was in tears after suffering another injury setback, adding to the club’s woes ahead of tomorrow’s Scottish Cup Final against Celtic.

Yilmaz is just one of several first-team stars facing late fitness tests for the crucial match. Connor Goldson and John Souttar are already ruled out, while Borna Barisic, Leon Balogun, and Tom Lawrence are also battling injuries.

Yilmaz had only recently returned from a long-term injury but picked up a knock in the final minutes of last weekend’s draw with Hearts.

“At the end of the game, I didn’t know Ridvan had hurt himself again,” Clement said. “He came into my office the next day in tears, saying he felt something again. So we’ll see if we can get him fit for the Cup Final.”

Clement acknowledged the difficult situation and the players’ determination to play.

“Souttar for sure won’t be available,” Clement said. “With Leon, there is a possibility. I’m not a doctor, so we can’t talk about injections, but all the players want to play in this game. Some are willing to go to great lengths to be there.”

“We need to make smart decisions without taking too much risk,” he added. “I need to see training tomorrow. That’s the final chance to show you’re fit enough to play some minutes.”

Clement expressed his frustration with the team’s injury crisis and vowed to find solutions for the future.

“I’ve never encountered a situation like this and I never want to see it again,” he said. “We’re working hard within the club to make a good evaluation and solve this problem for next season.”