It’s no secret that Malik Tillman has come in from criticism from the Rangers support for his performances in recent Old Firm fixtures. A player who has been excellent against most other teams in the league has flattered to deceive when it comes to the big SPFL ties. That is why fan opinion is so split on signing the young American permanently.
Something to consider is the fact that he’s a twenty-year-old in a new country and also in his first full professional season. Taking this into consideration his SPFL numbers are;
- 28 Appearances (22 Starts)
- 194mins Per Goal
- 138mins Per Goal Contribution
- 12 Big Chances Created
- 1.5 Successful Dribbles Per Game (45%)
Very impressive numbers for a young player in their first professional season in a new country. He’s been a match winner for Rangers in a number of matches but the occasion of an Old Firm always seems to affect his game.
He likes to have time on the ball and seems to always take an extra second, something you can’t afford in these types of games. They are always 100 miles an hour and every player needs to adjust to this and that is where he’s struggled. His lack of adaption to the occasion is what drives the criticism from fans and hopefully Sunday is a chance for him to prove the doubters wrong.
His current record against Celtic is;
- 4 Appearances
This needs to change on Sunday. This is his big chance to prove the doubters wrong and show he can adapt his game to the Old Firm atmosphere.
Is a big performance on Sunday enough to change your opinion on Tillman should the club and player decide they want to make the transfer permanent?