Bayern kid can be superstar and Rangers criticisms can help him reach top
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Bayern kid can be superstar and Rangers criticisms can help him reach top

As John Lundstram leaps to the defence of Bayern loanee Malik Tillman, by embracing the criticism of the Rangers support it can help the young USA international reach the very top.

Gers fans appreciate the clear ability of this talented 20-year-old but there have been grumbles regarding a lack of work-rate at times with Tillman sometimes cutting a frustrated figure.

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It’s that application that has some Rangers fans on his back and lazy suggestions of this just being how young attacking midfielders work are being batted back by members of the Ibrox faithful.

But for all the talent of Malik Tillman – who could join Rangers permanently from Bayern in the summer – by progressing this side of his game it could be a game changer for his career.

Malik Tillman highly-rated by Rangers but fans want even more

Of course young players will always struggle for consistency and Tillman has been in and out of the Rangers side so far in his Ibrox career.

But there have already been some exceptionally big moments in a Rangers shirt; from that USG header, to setting up Antonio Colak v PSV, to the mazy run v Motherwell.

Speaking after the win over Aberdeen, John Lundstram leapt to the defence of Malik Tillman amid criticisms from Rangers fans and insisted the Bayern loanee is amongst the brightest talents he’s seen.

“He is massive,” said Lundstram.

“He is a young kid. People need to stay beside him. People need to lift and encourage him.

”He’s phenomenal. His talent is one of the best I’ve seen!”

Malik Tillman himself also spoke to Rangers following the victory over Aberdeen and insisted he is used to the pressure having broken through at Bayern Munich last season.

The kid also claimed that far from negatively impact the side, the Rangers support drive the team on to victory.

“The fans made a big impact on us, especially after conceding a goal to get back from that was a good performance,” said Tillman.

“I think that they were very important, it’s great to have these kind of fans behind your back they push us forward every minute of the game – they have a big impact on us.”

It’s clear the Bayern loanee is highly thought of at Rangers and if Malik Tillman wants to take that next step, he might go on to thank the Ibrox faithful for putting those high standards on him week in week out.

Speaking of Malik Tillman and Rangers, read how one Ibrox director impressed the Bundesliga club with the structure of the loan-to-buy deal.