Journalist: Rangers summer signing missed Celtic clash through “illness”
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Journalist: Rangers summer signing missed Celtic clash through “illness”

Rangers winger Rabbi Matondo was nowhere to be seen as Celtic hammered the Ibrox side over the weekend with an unexplained “illness” now being given as the explanation.

Rangers Review journalist Jonny McFarlane has claimed that his sources have informed him that the 21-year-old Welsh international didn’t make the match because he was sick.

McFarlane moved to make the claim amid much speculation surrounding the ex-Schalke winger as Rangers depressingly long injury list continues to grow.

“Just to clear up a selection question regarding Saturday’s game, I know there was a bit of speculation about why Rabbi Matondo wasn’t selected,” tweets McFarlane.

“I’m told he actually missed the game due to illness.”

Rabbi Matondo yet to make Rangers mark

Signed in the summer for a reported £2m, Matondo was one of five Rangers’ seven summer signings who wasn’t involved in the match at Celtic Park.

Alongside Ridvan Yilmaz (£5m), Ben Davies (£4m), John Souttar (free) and Tom Lawrence (free), Rangers went into the game without the players signed to make a difference.

This only added to the absences of Ianis Hagi, Filip Helander, Kemar Roofe and Alex Lowry as frustrated fans bemoan a woeful and almost negligent standard of squad management between Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Ross Wilson.

Rabbi Matondo was also signed to be the solution to that right-hand side for Rangers but has failed to properly grab his chance since coming into the club.

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Still only 21 – and once signed for £11m by Schalke from the Man City youth department – there is plenty of time for Matondo to kickstart his Rangers career.

But unfortunately for us – and in many ways for him – time is not something we currently have after a woeful week in the title race so expect grumbles to grow whether we don’t see Rabbi or we do and he doesn’t deliver.

Meanwhile, Rangers have been placed on a special UEFA watchlist alongside the likes of Chelsea and Barcelona.