Rangers legend Brian Laudrup has singled out Malik Tillman for criticism following the American’s performance in the Old Firm derby.
The midfielder has been in excellent form recently but he was off the pace at the weekend, and Laudrup feels the player’s languid style of play doesn’t help matters:
“While Tillman went into the game in great form after his recent goals, the tempo of derby matches still causes him an issue. He’s so laid-back in his approach that sometimes you want to give him a bit of a shake. He’s still very young, let’s not forget that. But he can’t quite connect with the craziness yet. It’s a shame because he has got the potential to be a match-winner for sure.”
Tillman never really looked to be up with the pace of the game on Saturday and Laudrup is right to point out that you simply don’t have time on the ball in derbies.
The match very much passed the 20-year-old by, although there were a couple of moments where he did make an impact on proceedings.
After Kyogo’s opener, Tillman dragged a shot wide of Celtic’s goal, which was a decent chance for an equaliser. He was also fouled before James Tavernier scored from a free kick.
Other than that, though, he was caught in possession too often and it wasn’t a surprise when manager Michael Beale replaced him with Fashion Sakala midway through the second half.