By George Overhill

14th Jul, 2022 | 8:10pm

Rangers target Malik Tillman is on verge of Bayern Munich loan exit

Rangers target Malik Tillman is close to a one-year loan move but the club face the prospect of being overtaken in the race for him.

The Daily Mail had reported that the Gers were after the 20-year-old on a permanent deal, but a temporary exit is apparently in the offing.

He was thought to be “open” to the prospect of greater game time at Ibrox after making only four Bundesliga appearances for Bayern Munich in the past year.

But Sky Germany reporter Florian Plettenberg delivered an update on Twitter Thursday (14 July) that will be of concern to Light Blues fans.

He wrote: “News Malik Tillman: He is on verge to leave Bayern on a 1-year-loan.

“There are talks with clubs from England at this stage mainly.

“Clubs from the Premier League are in a good position to get the 20 y/o striker.”

Whether the difference in preference between Rangers and Bayern, in terms of temporary or permanent move, has been the deciding factor is unclear, but if Giovanni van Bronckhorst wants to add the US international the club have work to do to get to the head of the race.

A flurry of transfer activity in Glasgow recently has seen Rabbi Matondo join Tom Lawrence and Antonio Colak in quick succession.

But as things stand it doesn’t look like they will be adding Tillman to that list unless there is a significant change imminently.

Clearly there is going to be an attraction for any player to play in the English Premier League, but depending on what level of club the forward is heading for he could be missing an opportunity at Ibrox.

The fact that the Gers wanted to buy another striker might be a sign that they are not overly confident that Alfredo Morelos is long for the club.

Having already signed Colak they would have three strong striking options with Kemar Roofe included, but with Tillman looking likely to be a miss they will have to keep looking if they think they might lose one of the trio.

In other Rangers news, a Champions League manager is heavily involved in trying to extract one key Ibrox star out of the club.