By Doug Ward

13th Jul, 2022 | 7:10am

Rangers beat Celtic to sign Rabbi Matondo as last-ditch development comes to light - David Edgar

Celtic failed in a last-ditch effort to hijack Rangers’ move to sign Rabbi Matondo from Schalke, according to David Edgar.

Writing on the Heart & Hand’s official Twitter account on Tuesday (12 July), the club’s official media partner revealed how the Bhoys failed with an approach to Matondo’s agent on Monday night (11 July) after they released he was on his way to Ibrox.

Rangers announced the signing of the Wales forward, 21, on Tuesday with the Daily Record claiming the fee agreed with Schalke stands at £2.5million.

Laugh. Out. Loud.

How desperate is that?

Celtic heard that Matondo was headed to Glasgow before they decided they wanted to try and sign the Welshman.

It’s pretty obvious that they just did it to stop Rangers from signing Matondo rather than because they actually wanted him. Maybe they see the former Manchester City attacker as a threat?

It’s not the first time Celtic have done something as petty.

Scott Allan was a boyhood Rangers fan and was the subject of an intense transfer pursuit by the Gers before Celtic came in, offered up the money Hibernian wanted and signed him.

They didn’t even want him. They simply did it to toy with the Gers.

But they’ve tried it again now and failed miserably.

We’re yet to really decide on whether Matondo is a good signing or not because he struggled in a short loan spell at Stoke and didn’t do much at Schalke.

He did well at Cercle Brugge while on loan in Belgium last season, which does offer some encouragement.

It’s one of those where we’ll have to wait and see how he performs.

But we’re still glad we stopped Celtic from getting their dirty hands on him.

In other Rangers news, this Gers star has been offered to two big clubs in Europe with a £14.8million fee being mooted.