Other than Jack Butland, there isn’t really a Rangers player who can say they laid a glove on PSV Eindhoven for Rangers, but Rabbi Matondo, at least, had a go.
In the first half he was our best attacking outlet and yet the tactics seemed to be to try and build play centrally rather than get the 22-year old flying machine on the ball as quick as possible.
If Rangers are to recover, and recover quickly, then three points this weekend against Celtic is a must, with Rabbi Matondo playing a key role.
So far this season, all of Rangers best moments and attacking play have come with Rabbi Matondo on the pitch.
The Wales international has looked more confident this season, scored a good goal against PSV and was unlucky not to finish what would have been one of Rangers best ever European goals when he hit the post.
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A score of 6.4/10 on Sofascore might not look great but with poor quality ball, he still looked our most likely player to score or create something.
He offers something that no other player currently offers in the squad – a 1v1 threat out wide and pace on the counter attack.
Playing him for 10 minutes here and there isn’t good enough from Michael Beale.
He has given other players the chance to play themselves into form and confidence, why isn’t Matondo being afforded that same chance?
Pace will always cause problems but we have to accept that any winger, not just Matondo, will never be consistent, even the best have off days.
Rangers attack has yet to fire this season and the Gers gaffer keeps insisting on only going to pace and width as a last resort.
Ironically, this is when we have looked at our most dangerous, it’s almost like Beale is being too stubborn to address the issues in front of him because he wants his plan A to be a success.
Rangers chances of victory against Celtic don’t rely on Rabbi Matondo playing, but they will certainly be improved if he is.