By George Overhill

16th May, 2023 | 8:10pm

Rangers transfer news: Malik Tillman plans update shared with £5.8million deal done at club level for Bayern Munich ace

Malik Tillman is not planning to sign for Rangers despite a £5.8million deal being long-done at club level with Bayern Munich, Jonny McFarlane has been told.

The Ibrox loanee capped off a successful season with the PFA Young Player of the Year award on Sunday (14 May) despite injury ending his campaign early, and a permanent option in his deal is available.

The 20-year-old told Sky Sports after winning the award that the chances of him staying were “50/50” and that it was a three-way decision to be made between himself and both clubs, but McFarlane has clarified that it is essentially down to just the American’s preference now, which he doesn’t expect to be Glasgow.

Speaking in a YouTube video for Rangers Review (16 May, 6m 55s) McFarlane said: “I’m hearing that he won’t sign. I’ve heard from a couple of people now that ultimately Malik sees his future elsewhere.

“He’s really enjoyed his time at the club but there’s interest from the top five leagues in him. I’m not surprised at that, look at his talent. It’s straight forward why there would be people that would want to snap him up at that kind of price.

“I think he sees the idea of coming back to Rangers and playing week-in week-out against he lower likes of the Premiership as not being something that’s really going to stretch him or develop him further, as much as it’s benefited him in the short term.

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“I’d be very surprised personally if Malik Tillman agrees to come. The deal’s done between Rangers and Bayern Munich, that’s been in place since the summer so it’s now actually on Tillman himself.”

Ship sailed?

The logic of a rising talent having experienced sustained first-team football on a maiden loan move and wanting to then test themselves elsewhere is not overly surprising.

While some fans are still unconvinced that Tillman would be worth the fee it would take to keep him at Ibrox he seems to only have positive feelings towards the club.

But if he has potential suitors gathering from the top leagues around Europe, likely on the basis that he continues to develop as he has this year, then it would make some sense from his point of view to prove that in one of them.

It might seem like a major opportunity missed to not take advantage of an increase in value in the transfer market by signing him now and moving him on in a year or two for big profit, but McFarlane suggests that the buy-back clause Bayern hold for less than double the price he is now would prevent a major windfall heading to Glasgow either way.

If his decision is made then there isn’t much to be done and Michael Beale will have to turn his attentions elsewhere as he carries out his overhaul.

The Gers will have got a solid season of his talents if he does move on, and it will just be a shame that it didn’t come in more stable circumstances where they could have gone towards a more meaningful outcome.

In other Rangers news, another heavily-linked move has met a roadblock on price so the club have now identified an alternative transfer target.