By Saikat Mandal

2nd Aug, 2022 | 8:34pm

BBC journalist raves about Rangers forward Malik Tillman v Union Saint-Gilloise

Rangers forward Malik Tillman has put an impressive show yet again in the opening half against Union Saint-Gilloise in the crucial Champions League qualifier on Tuesday night (2 August).

Playing the first leg away from home, the Gers went 1-0 down at the break, but they created one or two half chances, with Tillman making a strong impression.

BBC Sport journalist, Alasdair Lamont, was full of praise for him, saying he was “bright” and “nimble” enough to wriggle away from his marker.

Lamont wrote for BBC Sport (2 August): “Malik Tillman, starting in a slightly different position to the one he came on against Livingston, has again looked bright.

“He’s happy to take the ball into feet in tight areas and is nimble enough to wriggle away from his man, but also looks more than prepared to put himself about when required.

“Rabbi Matondo, starting on the right, hasn’t been able to get into the game in the same manner so far.”

Lack of concentration

Rangers have been very solid through the opening half, but after a bright opening spell, they saw a dip in form.

The home side looked comfortable on the ball and enjoyed more space from the flanks. They exploited their left-hand side, creating one or two dangerous opportunities.

Eventually, they got the goal, and the Bears should take the blame for losing their concentration. They just haven’t been themselves for a brief period of spell and got deservedly punished.

They got the goal through Teuma, as Jon McLaughlin was beaten way too easily.

Tillman, who joined in the summer transfer window on loan from Bayern Munich was superb against Livingston in the opening Scottish Premiership game last week.

He came off the bench in the second half and made a solid impact. The youngster has started the game brightly, although he is being used in a different role following the injury to Ryan Kent.

Tillman has looked sharp with the ball in his feat but hasn’t been able to link with Antonio Colak. The front three needs better cohesion in the second half.

In other Rangers news, Celtic and the Gers are at loggerheads over a record-breaking SPFL midfielder and a bid for him has already been tabled.