If there’s a player we’ve not really spoken too much about, it’s been, in many ways, the summer’s most important signing and the player who just unlocked a windfall of £40M and our place in the Champions League.
Malik Tillman has been a quick starter to Rangers – the USA international, who couldn’t quite break through at Bayern (no disgrace there), has taken to Scottish football and Ibrox like a duck to water, and while some of his decision-making maybe hasn’t been perfect, we’re talking about 21-year old who is still learning the game.
Despite all that, despite his age, he comes from the finest school, the finest pedigree, and already has one advantage over every other Rangers player aside Allan McGregor, Antonio Colak and Steven Davis: he’s already played in the group stage of the Champions League.
Indeed, for one so ‘inexperienced’, he has more of it than the bulk of the squad, and he used that to world class effect robbing Ramalho and beautifully setting himself to slide the ball unselfishly over to Goalak who did the rest.
That anticipation, that wonderful foresight and pressing just earned Rangers a place at the top table, a place among Europe’s very best clubs, and a cool £40M guaranteed. Just for being there.
Malik has impressed all of us – he’s maybe not the speediest (still to show that side of his game, if he has it) but it’s that vision, intelligence, composure and use of the ball which has seen him excel and nail two goals and an assist in his first 8 outings as a Rangers player – not bad for an AM of his age.
He is only on loan, of course, and it’s for a year, but there is every chance if he keeps up his development that the signing will be a no-brainer. His market value is barely £2M but reports claim the purchase clause is set at £4.5M. We don’t really know, is the truth.
But at this rate, even around £5M is money well spent.
Keep it up Malik.