Official Rangers partner reacts to transfer update on Malik Tillman after Michael Beale reveals injury news with final verdict
Malik Tillman won’t be back at Rangers next season as the injury that ended his campaign has “done” for his time in Glasgow, according to Heart & Hand.
Michael Beale revealed in his pre-match press conference on Friday (5 May), ahead of the weekend’s clash with Aberdeen, that the American won’t feature again thanks to a hamstring injury and has already gone back to Bayern Munich for assessment.
With his loan deal coming to an end amid a £5million permanent option the manager claimed discussions were still ongoing, but the official club partner believes the writing is already on the wall after the latest developments.
Reacting to Beale’s press conference David Edgar of the Heart & Hand podcast posted on Twitter: “That’s Tillman done.”
He added in a reply to one comment: “I’d be surprised if he was here next year. Never say never right enough.”
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The door is technically still open until it is officially closed, which is what Beale has continued to communicate regarding the departures of Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos.
Virtually nobody expects those two to still be at Ibrox next season any longer so while the manager hasn’t said as much perhaps the same is true of Tillman.
He has produced 12 goals and five assists across 43 appearances in all competitions this season, good enough for a nomination as the Gers player of the season, so it would be a big chunk of production that needs replacing if he isn’t back.
But amid reports that Norwich’s Kieran Dowell has already agreed a Rangers move [Daily Record, 4 May] perhaps Tillman’s spot has already been filled.
If the 20-year-old Bayern loanee has played his last game for the club it is a pretty deflating way to see him go, after some definite bright moments in an admittedly dismal season.
And if he does end up being awarded the end-of-year prize having already returned to Germany as a going concern it would sum up the uninspiring state of affairs at Ibrox right now.
In other Rangers news, the manager has reacted to reports that another key man has agreed a move away in footage out of Auchenhowie.