Malik Tillman has officially returned to Germany and Bayern after Michael Beale confirmed the German-born USA international is out for the season with a hamstring injury.
Asked whether the lad would still be joining Rangers permanently Beale could only utter vagueness of how it’s ‘still ongoing’, in classic Beale avoidance-speak.
The fact is Tillman doesn’t want to be at Rangers, and has probably returned to Germany for good – this injury wasn’t exactly appreciated but the Bayern youngster has played his last game at Ibrox and won’t be seen here again.
In response to the original story of the 20-year-old making it clear he didn’t want to join Rangers permanently, Rangers fans for the majority weren’t unhappy with this.
It appears most supporters now feel the £6M he’d cost would be better spent elsewhere, and after repeated no-shows in big matches, fans want better players more committed to the club to be on our payroll.
A few months ago it was universal (Ibrox Noise aside) that fans wanted Tillman to sign, but fading displays and an inability to shine against Celtic especially dissuaded a lot of supporters about him, and that seems to be that.
As for Beale, he seemed genuinely disappointed – he clearly rates the lad higher than fans do, in a case of the supporters knowing better for once, because Tillman kept letting the club down in the matches which mattered.
And yet the manager kept picking him. Thankfully we certainly won’t see him in a Rangers shirt again this season, and we really hope Beale doesn’t get his way and somehow pull off the mistake of signing him permanently.