By Joe Ellis

15th Jul, 2022 | 3:40pm

Rangers new recruit Rabbi Matondo told why he had to be sold by Schalke

Rangers made their fourth signing of the summer with the purchase of Welsh international Rabbi Matondo from Bundesliga side Schalke.

The 21-year-old was announced as a Light Blues player on 12 July having spent the 2021-22 season on loan at Cercle Brugge in Belgium where he scored nine goals in the top division.

The Gelsenkirchen club’s sporting director Rouven Schröder admitted that they would not have sold Matondo if they could have afforded to keep him but they have been unable to do so despite promotion back to the Bundesliga.

“Rabbi played a very good season in Belgium. Nevertheless, we have openly communicated with him that we cannot schedule him for the new season from an economic point of view,” he said, as quoted by Football Scotland.

“He has dealt with it in a highly professional manner. Now we wish him all the best for his private and professional future.”

Result

You can’t imagine that the Welshman would have cost an enormous amount had Schalke been able to keep him at the Veltins Arena but we have still managed to bag a bargain from Germany.

The transfer fee was just £2.5million for a player who has a very high ceiling in the game and even though that is our biggest transfer of the summer, it still isn’t a figure that is going to cause any kind of financial trouble at Ibrox.

It is baffling that Schalke have been unable to come up with the money required given they have earned an immediate promotion back to the top flight after being relegated in the 2020-21 COVID-19 affected season.

Ross Wilson and Giovanni van Bronckhorst won’t be asking too many questions though because Matondo is the signing of the summer in Scotland unless Aberdeen bring in Cristiano Ronaldo on deadline day and shock the world.

In other Rangers news, our next summer arrival is due to be announced in the next 48 hours as van Bronckhorst continues to make big moves in the attacking third of the pitch.