Rangers closing in on deal for Schalke winger Rabbi Matondo
Rangers are closing in on the signing of Wales international winger Rabbi Matondo as their fourth deal of the summer, according to the Daily Mail.
Matondo came through the Manchester City academy before loan spells with Stoke City and more recently Cercle Brugge, before spending three years with Schalke in the Bundesliga.
But now he is closing in on a move to Ibrox, as Giovanni van Bronckhorst looks to strengthen his attacking positions following the departures of Aaron Ramsey, Amad Diallo and Joe Aribo from the squad last season.
Pep Guardiola was the manager when Matondo left Man City and admitted he knew how good the player was at the time.
“Yeah i have some comments,” he said, as quoted by Goal. “They are interested in another young player. I know how good he is, incredibly fast winger, and a young talent. This club is working so good.”
Matondo has gone on to score just twice in 32 games in three seasons with the Germans but scored 10 times in 27 games out on loan in the 2021/22 campaign.
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Giovanni van Bronckhorst absolutely loves pace in the wide areas, hence his love for Ryan Kent and Fashion Sakala at times last season.
Matondo will bring exactly that to the side, something that Aribo didn’t have, and will be an exciting addition to a squad that won the Scottish Cup and reached the Europa League final in 2021/22.
Something that Kent was criticised for in the last year is his lack of goals, as he managed just three all season, but Matondo proved for Cercle Brugge that he knows where the back of the net is.
If he can transfer that across to Scottish football and European competition in 2022/23 then it could work out to be a brilliant signing not just for squad depth and competition, but also for the league.
A quality young player at just 21-years-old, Van Bronckhorst is closing in on his next arrival and the Rangers squad is getting stronger and stronger ahead of the new season.
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