By Saikat Mandal

30th Jul, 2022 | 4:10pm

Neil McCann drools over Malik Tillman after Rangers win v Livingston

Rangers started the 2022-23 campaign with a 2-1 win over Livingston in the Scottish Premiership clash on Saturday (30 July).

The Bears came from a goal down in the first half to secure a dramatic turnaround in the second half, with goals coming from Scott Arfield and James Tavernier.

In the second half, Giovanni van Bronckhorst brought in Malik Tillman in place of Scott Wright and he made a tremendous impact.

Neil McCann was full of praise for the 20-year-old youngster, and hailed him as a “special talent”. He says that the youngster could be one of the players of the season.

“I’m going to make a bold prediction – I think Malik Tillman could be one of the players of the season based on what I’m seeing of him today. He looks a special talent,” he said on BBC Scotland, as relayed by BBC Sport.

Impact

Tillman joined the Bears this summer on loan from Bayern Munich, and he has made an instant impact.

He was busy throughout and could have easily scored a couple of goals on his debut.

Most importantly, he helped changed the game, and the youngster looks like a frightening prospect. No wonder why McCann is getting carried away.

Having said that, it’s too early to pass a strong judgement. Amad Diallo also made a bright start on his debut for Rangers but he quickly fizzled away.

Tillman is a raw talent, and he is going to learn a lot from playing under Van Bronckhorst.

It wasn’t a vintage performance from the Gers, but they did just enough to pick up all three points.

Rangers are looking to mount a serious title challenge this season, and for that, it is important to make a strong start to the season.

The first half was very poor, with John Souttar struggling to adjust himself to playing in a high-line defence. However, it’s the three points that matter, and there are plenty of positives the club can draw from this win.

In other Rangers news, Ross Wilson now has names lined up just in case Alfredo Morelos seals his exit this summer