Rangers should cut expensive Rabbi Matondo losses and move on

Rangers should cut expensive Rabbi Matondo losses and move on
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 15: Rabbi Matondo of Rangers vies with Marcus Fraser of St Mirren during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and St. Mirren FC at on April 15, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s safe now to confirm Rabbi Matondo was a failed signing. The Welsh winger summed up his struggles with a horrendous touch from fellow struggler Abdallah Sima’s very decent cross, before harmlessly stumbling at Hamburg stopper Daniel Heuer Fernandes’s feet as the ball trickled comfortably to the goalie.

In well over 12 months, we’ve barely seen a glimpse of form from Matondo, who had one bright 20 minutes v Spurs in a friendly last year, and a half-decent afternoon at Tynecastle with an assist, but has otherwise been genuinely painful to watch.

This is not in any way a ‘new signing’, a refreshed player who is enjoying now being settled and getting ‘first season syndrome’ out of the way, ready to spring to life and be like a completely new man and player for the fans to get excited about. Tom Lawrence has a bit of that about him.

If anything though Matondo actually looks even worse now amid hapless performances once again as he struggles completely to make any kind of positive Rangers impact – he also missed 4+ months through injury. We spent £3M on this!

We genuinely feel bad for penning this piece, he’s clearly a decent guy who has obviously shown enough in the past to impress former Wales boss Ryan Giggs and current incumbent Robert Page who capped him quite a few times.

But clearly Rangers are wrong club wrong guy syndrome for Matondo who just doesn’t fit in, doesn’t click, doesn’t gel with anything we’re seeing in the shirt when he plays.

Not off the pitch – he gets on great with his teammates in training and as a group, but in terms of on pitch action, it’s just not there on the surface and he’s not got an ounce of potential from what we’ve seen.

As we say, lovely chap, but just not the right one for Rangers. But then, he’s also on £30,000 a week we could use infinitely better elsewhere…

Maybe this is one we really need to ship out and try to use the resources better on, eh Ross?

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