Rangers are ready to dump Rabbi Matondo according to sources after the winger’s hellish first 6 months at Rangers failed to convince chiefs that he has a future at the club.
As Ibrox Noise reported to you a few weeks ago, the attacker had very little time left to make an impression, and was likely to go out on loan this window, which would pretty much spell the end of his Rangers ‘career’, and if a loan club cannot be found, he is likely to be freed on mutual consent.
The right winger, it’s safe to say, has probably been the least convincing signing Rangers have made since Jack Simpson, with major struggles to make any kind of impression, and having just one assist v Hearts and a ‘near’ goal (blocked) at Anfield to show for his entire spell at Ibrox.
And it seems now Ibrox chiefs are ready to call it a day on him, with no sign anywhere he’s going to get a lift in performances.
Many fans reading this will agree with this course of action, a recent Ibrox Noise straw poll feedback confirming supporters were absolutely unimpressed by the former Schalke man, whose signing has to go down as a real bum note for Ross Wilson and the-then scouting team and former manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
But for the ‘give him a chance’ crew, who are right to say he’s been on the fringes, well, two managers in a row have been disinterested in selecting him, 3 if you include his Schalke manager who dumped him out on loan to Cercle.
There’s also the ‘what about Lundstram and Barisic’ crew, and they’re right to say these two took a ‘while’, but both had major caveats: Lunny had already had 6 excellent weeks under Steven Gerrard early in his Rangers career before being dropped again, and those 6 excellent weeks were in the absence of injured Steven Davis. So there were plenty early signs he was a top player. Meanwhile he was also a very experienced Premier League player and a lucrative Bosman.
Barisic? He was still delivering for his country, just not his club – still getting call ups and playing at the highest level – it just took him time to settle in Govan before he finally got there.
But Matondo? There’s just nothing in his CV or career, no sign that he’s magically about to start delivering for Rangers, and just looks like the wrong player at the wrong club.
We really thought we finally had a right winger, but sadly, Matondo isn’t working out, and it is a huge shame.