By Azeem Siddiqui

29th Jul, 2022 | 3:15pm

Former Manchester City U23 coach reveals what Rangers fans should expect from Rabbi Matondo

Former Manchester City U23 coach Aaron Briggs believes that winger Rabbi Matondo’s can prove to be the difference-maker for Rangers in the upcoming campaign.

The Wales international joined the Gers from German club FC Schalke 04 in a deal worth £2.70 million in the ongoing transfer window.

Briggs, who coached the youngster during the time at the Etihad Stadium, while talking to The Athletic, suggested that his directness will help the club in the upcoming campaign.

“When Rabbi was in the academy he was so quick he could just knock it and go,” he said. “But as you get older and your speed is not so much quicker than the rest, you have to find other ways.

“He had to find different ways to use his speed like receiving to feet and then spinning in behind. I saw him learn how to use his speed to his advantage

“He had an eye for goal too but at 18, he was just putting those two together and had to learn the other parts of the game. It’s [his] acceleration as well as top speed.

“We were coaching him to let the pass beat the man. He wouldn’t score the easy goals, he’d always want the curlers from the left, but we were telling him to use his speed to break past the full-back at the back post for a tap-in.”

Creative Spark

Matondo truly is one of those players who was very much needed by Giovanni van Bronckhorst during last year’s Europa League campaign.

Many people suggest that it was the lack of creativity of the Light Blues in the second half of last season was one of the reasons why they fell short of their European triumph.

However, their Europa League campaign is now behind them and they look forward to securing their group stage qualification in the Champions League.

If they want to go further in Europe again and challenge Celtic for the league title as well, they must make Matondo pivotal to their attacks.

The Wales international has the ability to play in the middle if there is a demand but he is also extremely useful as a winger where his pace can be lethal against any opposition.

In other Rangers news, Ross Wilson now has names lined up just in case Alfredo Morelos seals his exit this summer