By Pranav Shahaney

10th Dec, 2022 | 3:40pm

BBC pundit likens Rangers attacker Malik Tillman to Lionel Messi after what he did v Bayer Leverkusen

Neil McCann found a similarity between Argentina and PSG star Lionel Messi and Rangers ace Malik Tillman during the Bayer Leverkusen clash.

In Michael Beale’s first game in charge, the American was deployed in the number 10 role and he wreaked havoc in the first half by bagging a brace.

Gers ended up winning the game 2-0 and the 20-year-old was undoubtedly one of the best players at Ibrox on Saturday, 10 December.

Speaking to Rangers TV, McCann, a BBC pundit said [13:53, 10/12], “Yes it [incosistency frustrates him] does. I think players, the best player in the world right now is Messi and he can walk about but he’s always looking to then explode into life.

“I think Tillman walks a lot and explodes into life during a game. But today I’ve seen him work off the ball and has been strong in his attitude to get at the opposition and be direct. Great goal for the first goal.”

Needs to be more consistent

Tillman has shown that he’s got moments, where he can look like an absolutely unplayable player and any team in the league, would be lucky to have him.

However, the main issue with him has always been his inconsistency and it’s now on Beale to perhaps get the best out of him.

We’re hoping that he learnt from this game that Tillman does need that extra movement around him as he thrives at finding the pockets of space.

He’s his most devastating in the final third and we’ve seen that he can also put in a decent shift off the ball, but we do not want to read too much from a friendly game.

Regardless, there would be little in his game that Beale would not have been impressed with and if he continues to play like this, he’ll certainly be one of the first names on the team sheet.

Onto the next game now and we’re excited to see how this team progresses under Beale and we’re backing Steven Gerrard’s former assistant to be a fantastic number one at Ibrox.

In other Rangers news, a BBC pundit has savaged a senior player at Ibrox after what he saw him do this week.