Rangers could be ready to FINALLY resolve a 11-year problem with a major player signing after Schalke’s Rabbi Matondo reportedly agreed a Rangers move, according to a verified journalist from goal.com.
For those who don’t know, Matondo, a Wales international (yup, another one) has been on Rangers’ radar for months, but there’s two big deals about him:
1: This would be another spend of around £3M+
2: He is the FABLED RIGHT WINGER.
Sorry to shout that one out, but this could be the solution at long last to the decade-long right-wing issue Rangers have had, which the club attempted to appease via Amad Diallo. Of course that one just didn’t work out, but aside Daniel Candeias, Diallo is the first actual RW Rangers have had since Sone Aluko, which goes to show the hit level Rangers are getting there.
Plenty of searing lefties, but no righties, sadly.
As for Matondo, he’s 21, but boasts a very good 11 caps for his country and like Freddo and Kent, he’s in the last year of his deal so wouldn’t cost the earth despite a market value around £6M.
But it’s the numbers you care about right?
For Brugges in Belgium, 10 goals, 2 assists in 27. Solid, nothing amazing, but he is only 21. His stats in general are nothing amazing at all, and his last appearance in Belgium didn’t yield too much either:
A horrendous 55% passing level, two attempts at crossing, none accurate. He did manage a single shot and it was on target though.
But it got slightly better against the mighty Gent in the previous match:
4 shots (none on target), 3 key passes, an assist. Sadly that passing level was abysmal at 52%.
So this is a raw jewel that needs a lot of work on it, but Rangers are absolutely desperate for a RW following the latest blow to Kemar Roofe, and our endemic lack of one.
On paper, the lad might not seem exceptional, but Schalke and Brugge saw enough in him to give him a shot, and Rangers might finally be the club he gets going from.
Would you trust any boss more than Gio with his incredible staff including the brilliant Roy Makaay to get the best from the lad?
We’ll see if this one gets over the line.