Malik Tillman timeline broken down as Rangers attacker faces Bayern return

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Malik Tillman timeline broken down as Rangers attacker faces Bayern return
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 13: Malik Tillman of Rangers celebrates after he scores the opening goal during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and St. Johnstone FC at on August 13, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A lot of conversation has been taking place over the future of Malik Tillman, with a few claims and counter-claims being made about his Rangers prospects and what plans parent club Bayern might have.

Ibrox Noise takes you through the basic details and breaks it down into what we know.

So, obviously the baseline is he’s on loan till the summer, and technically at that point he goes home to Munich. Michael Beale is on record as saying he’s keen to keep Tillman, and hopes it can be done, and the boss says that Tillman’s loan contract has an option to buy.

Now, if we take that at face value, it does not in any way protect Rangers and give our club first refusal on the player – it just means the loan contract includes a purchase option plus the stated price, said to be £4.5M.

We are not in any way aware of any first refusal or any purchase ‘right’ that Rangers have, just that the deal includes the option. Beale does ‘clarify’ this which we’ll get to later.

This is also different to ‘obligation’ which has made its way into a lot of loan deals – the club takes the player on loan and regardless of his performance, they will purchase him at the end of the loan. It’s a high-risk strategy for the loaning club, but could have a huge payoff if the gamble works out.

But in this case, it’s said to be option.

Now, despite the press reports, we’ve not seen any evidence Rangers are guaranteed to sign Tillman if we wish to, this is why the stories linking a host of German clubs to his signature may be more than just clickbait. We understand Eintracht are looking at him, and his parent club themselves are taking notice of his performances. His former Danny Galm coach said the following:

“We had some players like Jamal Musiala or Thomas Muller, who established themselves in the team right away. The most important thing is that the boys all need regular minutes of play. If they don’t play upstairs in the first team straight away, there’s still the possibility of making it. Look at Philipp Lahm – we sent him to Stuttgart, David Alaba went to Hoffenheim, or Toni Kroos, who was loaned to Bayer Leverkusen. They all played at a top level before returning to us. We currently have a few loan players like that. Malik Tillman at Rangers for example or Gabriel Vidovic at Vitesse Arnhem and Bright Arrey-Mbi at Hannover. They could all follow a similar path. We can certainly point to success going down that route. All the guys are very talented, have their qualities and sporting abilities. From a certain level, however, the head coach – Julian Nagelsmann – ultimately decides where their journey is going. They need a little bit of luck, which is always necessary and the right attitude to make it and the ones I have mentioned have that.”

And Michael Beale confirmed Rangers’ opportunity to purchase is just an opportunity:

“We have the first opportunity to buy him. Bayern have a decision whether they feel he’s going to play for them. There’s a number, we know what it is and we’re comfortable with the number.”

This doesn’t mean we have any guarantee, Beale reveals here that Bayern actually have the first refusal on the player themselves – we will have the ‘first’ chance to buy the player, because the option to do so is in the deal, but if Bayern choose to recall, or someone else comes in with a bigger number, we see no power the club has over that bid.

If Tillman has a chance to play for Bayern, he’ll 100% take it. He’s improved under Beale, but it depends if Bavaria’s finest think it’s enough to figure at the Allianz.

Time will tell.

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