Rangers’ 58-touch sensation proved he’s now “indispensable” to Beale in Motherwell win – opinion

    Glasgow Rangers maintained their 100% record under the new management of Michael Beale on Wednesday evening, with the Light Blues running out comfortable 3-0 winners over Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership clash at Ibrox.

    Indeed, goals from Alfredo Morelos, Connor Goldson and Malik Tillman sealed all three points for the home side on the night, with the result ensuring Gers remain nine points behind league leaders Celtic ahead of Monday’s Old Firm derby.

    Aside from the result, a number of the individual performances on display against the Steelmen will have offered Beale hope of a positive result against their Glasgow rivals next week, with the aforementioned Tillman particularly impressing on Wednesday.

    After something of an indifferent start to life in Scotland under former boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst, the summer signing has quickly become a key player in Beale’s starting XI since the 42-year-old’s appointment at Ibrox earlier this month, with the 20-year-old arguably enjoying his best performance to date under the former Queens Park Rangers boss against Motherwell.

    Indeed, over his 90 minutes on the pitch, the £13k-per-week starlet was in electric form going forwards, bagging Gers’ third of the night with an extremely well-taken drive from the right-hand side of the box, as well as creating two big chances – one of which came via a scrumptious backheel into Morelos – making two key passes and completing two of his three attempted dribbles.

    The 20-year-old forward also enjoyed 58 touches, found his man with two long balls and completed 29 of his 36 attempted passes – a success rate of 81% – in addition to making four tackles, one interception, drawing five fouls and winning 11 of his 15 duels – at a success rate of 73%.

    These returns saw the USA international who journalist Mario Reinoso dubbed “tremendous” and claimed is becoming an “indispensable figure” at Ibrox earn an extremely impressive Sofascore match rating of 8.1, ranking him as the second-best player to feature in the fixture.

    Indeed, having now scored three goals – including the two in a 3-0 mid-season friendly victory over Bayer Leverkusen – and registered two assists under the management of Beale, it would indeed appear as if Tillman is already a key player for the 42-year-old, with it looking extremely likely the club will now make the attacker’s loan deal a €7m (£6m) permanent one next summer.


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