By Nnamdi Onyeagwara

25th Jul, 2022 | 12:45pm

View: Rangers have a real talent on their hands with Rabbi Matondo

Rangers’ new signing Rabbi Matondo is a huge talent and could become a huge player for the team if his pre-season is anything to go by.

The Gers signed the Welsh international from Schalke for an undisclosed fee and has impressed in the two games he has played for the club, already scoring a goal and providing an assist.

Former Rangers frontman Jermain Defoe revealed that he told the winger that he could not pass up the opportunity to sign for the club, and told him how the club will help him progress as a player.

Defoe said: “I actually messaged Rabbi because he is part of the same agency as me.

“I messaged him before the deal was done and said good luck, and just make sure you sign a contract because you will love it.

“As a young lad, it’s such a good experience for him to come here and I think that will help him in the long run.”

Huge talent

The early showings are looking promising for Matondo, who if all goes to plan, could become a hugely important for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s team.

The Welsh winger has frightening pace and uses his electric speed regularly to create threatening situations and set up teammates.

However, the winger is more than just a speedster, as he is also equipped with neat skill and close control beyond his years, making him a threat to opposition defences.

He is calm in possession and can beat full-backs with ease as well as make dangerous runs in behind defences to get onto the end of through balls.

The winger, who was born in Liverpool, has been a talent since his youth team days but one thing that was missing from his game was consistent goals, having only scored more than five goals in a season once before last year.

Despite this, he did score nine goals and provide two assists in 26 appearances last season in the Jupiler Pro League, and will be looking to build on the 11 goal contributions he had last season.

If Rangers can turn him into a goal-scoring winger, while his pace and creativity continue to improve, the 21-year-old could become a huge success at Ibrox.

In other Rangers, news, the club are looking to announce the signing of Ridvan Yilmaz.