James Tavernier confirms Rangers showdown with Malik Tillman

Rangers’ ace James Tavernier mentioned Malik Tillman as Michael Beale prepares to play PSV Eindhoven.

The Gers defeated Servette in Champions League qualifying on Tuesday after a tough night.

Dereck Kutesa’s goal tied Servette on aggregate in the first half, and the Rangers didn’t look to change the game.

Rangers drew 1-1 and advanced to the next round of qualifiers as Captain Tavernier scored after halftime.

Rangers were not convincing in both legs, but they might be two games from the Champions League group stage.

PSV Eindhoven was the obvious choice again after Rangers overcame them in the group stage last year.

James Tavernier praises Malik Tillman at Rangers reunion

Tillman was on loan at Rangers last season, but he left this summer.

Bayern Munich revoked Rangers’ purchase option but allowed a sell-on clause.

PSV has loaned Tillman for the season with an option to buy.

The 21-year-old scored 12 goals in 43 games for Rangers last season but didn’t win over all fans.

Michael Beale will know Tillman’s threat, and Rangers will aim to neutralize him in this two-legged match.

Tavernier told Rangers Review following yesterday night’s result that the Gers will see a ‘familiar face’ in Tillman.

Tavernier said Rangers will focus on winning, but they know a lot about Tillman heading into two key games.

“You have got to wipe it completely clean,” Tavernier stated. “We are a different team, obviously.”

I’m sure we’ll meet Malik when we get there or he comes over, but we’ll focus on ourselves. The first leg at Ibrox is crucial for us, and we must set a good foundation for the second leg, he said.