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Rangers: Bronckhorst must unleash Malik Tillman

Glasgow Rangers may have defeated Hearts 1-0 in midweek, but it wasn’t a performance that Giovanni van Bronckhorst will look back on with much joy.

It was yet another lethargic showing that proves the Dutchman might well be on his last legs as Rangers manager and with just one more match before the hiatus due to the World Cup, nothing else but a victory against St Mirren tomorrow lunchtime will suffice.

With less than a 72-hour turnaround from the Hearts win, Van Bronckhorst will be looking to make some changes to his side, however one player must keep their place from midweek, the American Malik Tillman.

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Rangers signed the prodigious 20-year-old on loan from Bayern Munich in the summer and there is an option to sign him permanently for €7m (£6m).

The attacking midfielder is raw and full of potential but has at times struggled with the physicality of the Scottish Premiership and this has let him down on numerous occasions.

However, he has shown flashes of creativity that no one else in the Rangers squad possesses just now, and this could certainly help break down a resolute St Mirren defence.

He has garnered praise from his teammates too, with John Lundstram dubbing him as “phenomenal” while also saying: “He’s massive for us and he’s a young kid. People need to stick behind him, lift him up, and encourage him.”

Tillman has registered seven goal contributions in all competitions this season, proving that he can be a key attacking asset to the club, while he averages 1.3 key passes per match when he is deployed in the number ten role.

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The Ibrox faithful have to remember that this is his first full season playing senior football, and although he has featured for Bayern on the odd occasion, a full domestic season is a totally different prospect and it will take time for him to adapt.

Tomorrow afternoon’s match is the ideal opportunity for Tillman to showcase his talents and secure a crucial three points for the Glasgow side.

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