Michael Beale demanded that Rabbi Matondo had to display more consistency if he was to become a Rangers first team regular.
Well, so far this season, he has yet to take his foot off the pedal and the 22-year old is fast becoming the player we all hoped he would become and the player who could replace Ryan Kent.
Coming off the bench for Abdallah Sima, who had opened the scoring, Rabbi Matondo took no time at all to impress again with the Gers boss explaining why he maybe hadn’t been firing on all cylinders so far in his Rangers career.
Rabbi Matondo redemption continues with Rangers impact
Speaking at the post match press conference, Beale was quick to praise the impact of Rabbi Matondo and that he is delighted to finally see the Rangers winger get the reward his hard work deserves:
“For him to score his first goal tonight, it’s a reward for the work he’s done in pre-season.
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“What people don’t see is when I came into the club, he had a knee injury that he was playing through and missed a lot of football.
“Towards the end of the season, there were two or three games where he was eye-catching, namely the derby against Celtic where I thought he was excellent.
“His start to the season had been good.
“It’s a tough old shirt to wear at times. That will do him the world of good tonight.
“He’s taken an opportunity. Can he do it consistently for us?”
It has to be Rabbi Matondo that gets the nod for Rangers now.
He’s looked promising so far but, against PSV Eindhoven, he was outstanding and is backing up his claim that he is determined to be a success at the club.
To the extent that the reported £2.5m paid to Schalke will be a bargain if he keeps his current form up and Beale gives him a proper run in the team.