BLACKBURN Rovers fans are being urged to give retiring legend Tugay a “Turkish send-off” at the last game of the season against West Brom at Ewood Park.

Members of the English Galatasaray fan club ‘UltrAslan’ will be travelling to Ewood on May 24 for the visit of the Baggies and are appealing for the home fans to join them in celebrating the Turk’s career.

The 38-year-old enjoys ‘hero’ status at both Rovers and Galatasaray, after spending eight years and 13 years at each club, but is expected to call time on his career this summer.

The midfielder will not be offered a new Rovers deal by boss Sam Allardyce and is expected to announce his retirement after almost 600 senior appearances.

Tugay also made almost 100 appearances for Turkey between 1990-2007 and his Turkish fans are calling for their Rovers counterparts to mark the occasion.

They are asking Rovers fans to arrive for the final match dressed in Turkish shirts and flags, with top flight safety hopefully secured before West Brom’s visit.

Sercan Karates, of ‘UltrAslan’ said: “Me and a group of other Galatasaray fans will be travelling up to Ewood Park to give our support to Tugay with our Galatasaray/Turkey kits and flags/posters from London.

"I have been in contact with a few people, some from Blackburn supporters club and I will be calling up the club.

“I have spoken to many Blackburn Rovers fans about the ‘Turkish day’ on 24th May and got a great response where everyone is really happy to take part in.

“The whole point of ‘Turkish day’ is for everyone to wear Tugay shirts and bring Turkey flags or wear Turkey kits to show their support to Tugay’s eight-year service at the club.

"It would be an amazing atmosphere for Tugay who deserves all the best as he has given his best years to Blackburn.

“Tugay is loved by many and is a legendary player for both Galatasaray and Blackburn as a result I am trying to work with the Blackburn fans to get this going which at the moment is going very well, everyone wants to help in making Tugay very proud and show their respects to him.”

A Facebook page has already been set up to campaign for a testimonial for the Turk, with almost 8,000 supporters now signed up to the online petition.

Rovers are understood to be keen on honouring Tugay’s contribution but the idea for a testimonial would have to be submitted to them by another party.

Meanwhile, Rovers are again hoping for a jumping Ewood Park atmosphere for Saturday’s crucial visit of Portsmouth, knowing a win would all but secure their top flight status.