By Mike Slater

11th Jul, 2022 | 12:10pm

Rangers expect to thrash out deal to sign Schalke winger Rabbi Matondo in next 48 hours

Rangers are expected to thrash out a deal to sign Schalke winger Rabbi Matondo in the next 48 hours, according to Football Scotland.

The online outlet has reported on their website that the Bears are getting closer to a transfer for the Welshman after it was confirmed he would miss the pre-season tour of the German club.

It is suggested that Rangers will need to pay a figure closer to £3million to get a deal over the line, despite initial reports sharing a much lower fee.

Ross Wilson has really put his foot down over the past week.

The signing of Antonio Colak really unleashed the Bears into the market, with Tom Lawrence already following and John Souttar starting life at Ibrox too.

With Matondo being released from his duties with Schalke, it shouldn’t be long until everything is sorted out with Rangers and a move can be announced.

The German club are clearly happy to move on despite paying nearly four times what the Light Blues could end up dishing out, with Wilson clearly working his magic.

Here We Go.

Now we are talking.

The deal for Colak which became increasingly difficult as time went on appears to have sent Rangers in a new direction of trying to get their deals done as soon as possible.

No one is certainly complaining about that, and if Matondo is done in the next 48 hours, it leaves us with plenty of time to go out and get that new playmaker to replace Joe Aribo.

The sale of the Nigerian international has released funds to play with, and it looks as though Giovanni van Bronckhorst has given the green light for exactly that.

Matondo arriving will bring great pace and skill in those wide areas, with his profile very similar to that of Ryan Kent – something we haven’t had outside of the former Liverpool man for far too long.

Over-reliance can be a real hindrance, so this will be a breath of fresh air for not only us, but Kent too if this gets done quickly.

In other Rangers news, the Bears are set to have funds released for major new transfer activity with one exit now all but done