Malik Tillman will indeed leave Rangers this summer after his loan expires, after Ibrox Noise sources learned the German-born American and his agent confirmed he wishes to end his time in Scotland.
Rangers are aware he will be departing the club and indeed may return to Germany before the end of his loan, given his current injury could see him out for a period of many weeks, it being a purported hamstring.
Rangers’ season is now over, and a huge turnover is set to take place – as we suggested some days ago, a LOT of Rangers players will now exit Ibrox as we wind the season down – second place isn’t exactly under threat so it’s now about playing the season out with as few injuries as possible, shipping out as many players who have no future here, and bringing in new blood to prepare for next season and the Champions League qualifiers.
And those plans don’t include the German who never actually wanted to be at Ibrox in the first place. Ibrox Noise can confirm we spoke to a source close to the player a few months after his arrival, and they were unable to endorse his time in Scotland as anything more than ‘fine’.
Tillman wasn’t happy here, he was never happy here, and he always wanted to have a crack at Bayern. They loaned him out to get him some more minutes, but his aim 100% was to return – and now under a brand-new manager in Thomas Tuchel, he wishes to return for preseason to try to impress the former Chelsea manager.
His injury may have sped that up somewhat, and we wouldn’t be at all shocked to learn of his return to Germany in the coming weeks or even days.
Verdict? Won’t miss him. He never had the mental fortitude to handle the big matches, failing to stand out in any big fixtures bar PSV in Eindhoven, and his laziness as well as lack of pace meant he fell short of what is actually needed in his position. It’s what holds Ianis Hagi back as well, the pace that is.
No, Tillman is free to move, yet another kid we’ll forget about in a while.