By Sam Stone

27th Feb, 2023 | 10:10am

Malik Tillman could return to Bayern Munich after Rangers League Cup final loss v Celtic - Neil McCann

Neil McCann has suggested Malik Tillman could return to Bayern Munich after failing to make an impact for Rangers during their League Cup final defeat to Celtic.

The American started the fixture after previously being an injury doubt for the Old Firm clash at Hampden Park. However, the 20-year-old was substituted during the second half after enduring a tough afternoon at the national stadium.

After the match, McCann claimed there is still a chance the attacking midfielder will return to Germany, despite Rangers having the option to buy in the summer.

“I don’t remember Kent apart from the shot off of the post where he actually impacted the box too much. Sakala had flashes and Tillman didn’t do enough, will he go back to Bayern Munich? There are a few decisions he needs to make,” said McCann (BBC Scottish Football Podcast, 58m 01s, 26 February).

Not at it

It was fairly clear that Tillman wasn’t 100 per cent fit and probably shouldn’t have started the game.

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His form of late has been mightily impressive and it’s understandable to see why Michael Beale opted to include him from the outset. The next couple of months will be vital in determining his future and the 20-year-old must ensure he performs against Celtic in the remaining Old Firm clashes.

Beale can have no complaints about the outcome on Sunday afternoon (26 February). The Hoops could’ve come away with a more convincing victory. Rangers were second best throughout and are clearly not at the level to compete with Celtic at present.

They will only get better under Beale and the signings of Nicolas Raskin and Todd Cantwell will only increase their chances of getting a result against Postecoglou’s side in the second half of the season. The Light Blues’ attention now turns back to league duties with Kilmarnock next on the agenda for Beale’s men.

In other Rangers news, the Ibrox bank is set for a cash boost after a document emerged on Wednesday.