At one point it looked as though Malik Tillman would be seen at Ibrox once again, hoping to fire Rangers into the Champions League for the second season in a row, now, he could be knocking us out of it.

Doubts about his fitness have subsided and the 21-year old midfielder is heading back to Glasgow after Bayern Munich scuppered a permanent return, but with PSV Eindhoven.

Initially Malik Tillman wasn’t in Peter Bosz’s squad, however, injuries have seen him added at the last minute to face an entirely different Rangers team to the one that left.

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Dutch journalist Rik Elfrink broke the news of PSV’s squad which also sees new signings Dest and Schouten named for the trip across the North Sea.

It would be remiss to write Tillman off as not being a threat because we know all too well what he is capable of having been key in getting us past USG and PSV last season – he is also now valued at a reported £12m.

Malik Tillman and the threat to Rangers Champions League hopes

The USA international will be unlikely to start but, if he comes off the bench, Michael Beale should have a plan of how to deal with him.

In possession, Malik Tillman could struggle if he wasn’t given time on the ball so whoever Rangers pick will need to be ready to close him down straight away.

Let him turn and get into space and he is a difficult opponent to stop at full speed.

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Then there is the area he likes to attack when making runs into the box off the ball.

The space either side off the full-back seems to be where he does most damage and it has been an area of weakness in the past for us – Borna Barisic and James Tavernier will have to have eyes in the back of their heads.

The good thing is, Malik Tillman isn’t an unknown quantity for Rangers, a good player, yes, but there are no excuses as to what he will bring – if he gets his Ibrox reunion, that is.

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