Giovanni Van Bronckhorst Bullish on Malik Tillman Despite Champions League Setback

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After Rangers FC was shocked on the road by Belgian Pro League team Union Saint-Gilloise in the first leg of their Champions League third-round qualifier, head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst was in a somber mood at the post-game press conference. The former Dutch international was however happy to address Yanks Abroad regarding his new loanee, Malik Tillman.

“He’s an amazing talent,” the former Arsenal and Barcelona defender said. “He had a lot of involvement last season with Bayern Munich (although) he’s still very young.”

Tillman, who was signed by the German champions as a youngster back in 2015, saw limited action with the first team after impressing in the reserves last season. Van Bronckhorst saw the American’s potential and signed him on loan this summer.

“His level is very high, so I’m really happy that he joined us this year and hopefully longer.” The Dutch coach continued, “I think that Malik is a very exciting talent and I really like working with him. We need to improve him as well as a player, but he has all the chances to do that with us.”

“I think you can see (last) Saturday (against Livingston) and today what he has (to offer), so we keep pushing him through (in order) to become a better player every day.”

Tillman will hope to be in the starting line-up again on Saturday afternoon when Rangers host Kilmarnock. They will then host USG three days later and try to overturn their two-goal first-leg deficit.


Michael Adubato

The old man of Yanks-Abroad, having been around since the very beginning in 2004, Known as the resident Belgian expert since that’s where he has lived for a couple of decades. Over the years he has interviewed Nats such as Kasey Keller, Brian McBride, Oguchi Onyewu, Jozy Altidore and Tim Weah, to name a few. When not working the day job, he can often be found in stadiums around Europe, watching games from the top flight to the lower leagues. To prove that he is not just a pretty face, Mike received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters from the University of Oklahoma. Boomer Sooner! On a non-soccer note, Adubato has just released a book of poetry from his travels, Missing the Exit, published by Broken Keys Publishing in Ottawa, Canada. So that must make him the YA poet laureate! You can grab your copy on, order online and pick it up and Barnes & Noble or get an e-copy at various outlets.

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