Malik Tillman has ‘opened the door’ to Rangers by not closing it, after the young attacking playmaker won Young Player of the Year in Scotland and was quizzed about his future.
After previously leaving the country for injury assessment, he returned to pick up his award from the Scottish Writers, and was asked about his future prospects.
He expressed how it was up to Rangers, up to Bayern, but ultimately up to himself and he had a decision to make.
That’s right, the boy is apparently torn, which means he certainly is far from committed to Rangers as a first choice destination for a lad from Germany to make.
There’s also the small matter of spending £6M on a player who absolutely flunked 95% of the big games Rangers played in last season, only managing to make a bit of an impact in the Champions League qualifiers, with a big assist and a big goal.
In fairness, that assist was ultimately worth about £20M to the club for qualifying for the UCL group stage, after his enterprising play in Eindhoven gave Antonio Colak a glorious chance to seal passage.
But aside that, all of his displays in the big ones were poor to anonymous, depending on who he was facing.
And now he admits he has a decision to make.
That’s Malik talk for ‘I want Bayern, but I want them to want me and I hope Thomas Tuchel is interested, otherwise I guess I’ll have to plump for Rangers, unless I get a better offer’.
Tillman has never enthused about the idea of remaining at Ibrox, only that ‘it’s up to the two clubs’. Manager Michael Beale has been clear he wants to keep him, but even he has admitted it’s down to the player.
And if Tillman, almost a year after joining, still hasn’t committed to the club, it’s hardly a good sign.
No, we don’t want this guy for £6M, he’s not been good enough to justify that even if his stats make him look better than he has actually been.
It’s a no from Ibrox Noise.