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Malik Tillman has been supported to play an important role during Rangers second-half schedule and the American attacker wasted little time in answering that call on Thursday.
Tillman registered two assists to help Rangers complete a 3-2 comeback victory over Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium. The U.S. men’s national team attacker helped Michael Beale earn his first competitive victory as Rangers boss and keep the club’s pressure on Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic.
Ryan Porteous and Kevin Nisbet scored eight minutes apart for Hibernian as the visitors raced out to an early 2-1 advantage. Fashion Sakala tied things up for Rangers in the 15th minute, but Nisbet’s quick finish off the restart helped Hibernian swing momentum back into its favor.
Rangers responded in a big way in the second half as Tillman played a key role on both of the Glasgow side’s second-half goals. Tillman’s flicked header in the 58th minute was finished off by Ryan Jack to tie things up at 2-2.
Tillman helped Rangers complete the comeback in the 62nd minute as he danced his way into the Hibernian box before connecting with Alfredo Morelos for a one-time finish. It was a clever run and pass from Tillman, who found himself with ball possession in the first half.
The Bayern Munich loanee finished the match with nine of 17 duels won, three fouls drawn, three dribbles completed, and four chances created.
“I try to always have fun on the pitch, I am glad I could help the team,” Tillman said. “The manager found the right things to say at halftime and we were able to get the three points which we came here for.”
Rangers next visit Aberdeen on Tuesday before traveling to Ross County on Dec. 23.