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11/11/2022 | 08:31pm

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 another lethargic performance that showed the Dutchman may be on the brink of his retirement as Rangers manager. With only one match remaining before the World Cup hiatus, it will suffice to win against St Mirren tomorrow afternoon.

Van Bronckhorst is looking to make changes to his side with less than 72 hours between the Hearts win and the Hearts loss. However, one player must remain in their place starting 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).

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Although the attacking midfielder is raw, he has a lot of potential. However, he has struggled with the physicality required by the Scottish Premiership. This has led to him being disappointed on many occasions.

He has however shown flashes creativity that no other Rangers player has right now. This could help to break down a stubborn 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 contributed seven goals in all competitions this year, proving that he is a key attacking asset for the club. In addition, he averages 1.3 key pass per match when he’s deployed in the number 10 role.

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It is important for Ibrox fans to remember that this is his first season playing senior football. He has played for Bayern on a few occasions, but a full domestic season is quite a different prospect. It will take him time to adjust.

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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