Rangers fans need to give Rabbi Matondo a bit more credit

Rangers fans need to give Rabbi Matondo a bit more credit
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 16: Rabbi Matondo celebrates with James Tavernier after scoring the opening goal during the friendly match match between Rangers and FC Copenhagen at Ibrox Stadium on January 16, 2024 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

If one thing stood out from yesterday’s decent 3-0 over Livingston, it was the lack of credit being afforded from Rangers fans to Wales’ Rabbi Matondo.

Indeed, even in the MOTM poll offered by Ibrox Noise, the winger came a distant third well behind Ross McCausland and runaway winner Todd Cantwell.

We found this surprising.

A look at the numbers shows why:

For passing he was 81%. Not sensational and not Rangers’ best, but he was solid. 4 shots, 2 on target, one goal.

He managed 2 successful dribbles (trying 5), won a foul, and certainly in the early portion of the match, was dangerous, quick, and repeatedly beating opponents.

He lost the ball 17 times, same as Cantwell, and the only aspect he was inferior to the ex-Norwich man was being less tidy in the pass, to Cantwell’s 93%.

Now, this wasn’t Rabbi Laudrup, don’t get us wrong, but a lot of fans were a lot more harsh on the boy than he actually deserved.

Let’s be clear – he is better in every single department than Abdallah Sima – in terms of wingplay Matondo offers a tonne more, doesn’t lose the ball constantly, is tidier in the pass, has more pace, and can beat men.

The missing element was goals, which is the only thing Sima DOES offer, and it took him a while to get going on that front.

If he isn’t scoring, Sima is a wasted jersey who often does more harm than good.

Matondo offers plenty when he isn’t scoring, although he is still gaining match fitness which he can only get with a run of matches, the same thing Sima was graced with.

And yet fans were slaughtering the ex-Schalke man.

It seems he may be the new Ryan Kent, a player who gives a lot but just isn’t popular with fans – Kent at the end of his Rangers career, Matondo deep into his.

All Matondo can do is keep on delivering solid performances and maybe fans will finally start to give the boy some love.

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