By Doug Ward

10th Jul, 2022 | 8:08am

Rabbi Matondo to pack bags ahead of signing for Rangers on permanent basis

Wales forward Rabbi Matondo is packing his bags ahead of leaving Schalke to join Rangers on a permanent basis, according to Sport1.

The German news outlet reported on Saturday (9 July) that the Gers have agreed a fee worth £2.5million for the 21-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Cercle Brugge in Belgium.

It is understood that Brugge had the opportunity to sign Matondo permanently but they could not afford the transfer fee plus the Welsh winger’s wages.

German news outlet Waz also reported on Saturday that Matondo’s move to Ibrox is “imminent” and that Schalke are agreeing the deal to get the £48,000-a-week player off their wage bill.

Good signing?

It’s hard to judge this one.

Matondo came through the ranks at Cardiff and Manchester City but only has a limited amount of experience in British football with his only senior appearances on these shores coming in 2021 during a short-term loan spell at Stoke.

The Liverpool-born Wales international struggled to stand out in the Potteries and played just 10 times before he returned to Schalke and was loaned out again last season.

At Cercle Brugge, Matondo played 27 times in all competitions, scored 10 goals and supplied two assists.

He played mainly as a left-winger but also featured as a striker for the Belgian outfit as he managed to get on the scoresheet against top sides like Anderlecht and Genk.

Tom Lawrence plays the exact same role while Antonio Colak has filled a striker vacancy at Ibrox.

Is the signing of Matondo a pre-emptive move in case Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos move on?

It sure seems as though that could be the case.

In other Rangers news, this new signing has been spotted by Sky Sports’ cameras at the Gers’ training camp in Portugal.