Rabbi Matondo arrived at Rangers with a big reputation after being a product of the Manchester City academy.

An £11m move to Schalke only further served to heighten the expectation that the 22-year old could be the answer to the Light Blues right-wing problems despite links to a move.

Speaking ahead of the league cup tie with Morton at Ibrox, Rabbi Matondo has backed himself to come good at Rangers, as reported on the club’s official X site.

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The Wales international had an injury-hit first season during a campaign where very few of his team-mates emerged with any credit.

Not doing what he was brought in to do didn’t help either – no goals in a whole season is not a look great for a Rangers attacker.

Rabbi Matondo could yet make Rangers impact

Rabbi Matondo played a key role in putting Livingston to bed though and it could be that he is now ready to make the impact many thought he would last season:

“I’m pushing hard. The manager has brought in a lot of talent, that is what you want at a big club. For me, it is about showing what I can bring to the team.

“Everyone wants to play football, but sometimes you have to keep grafting and wait for your opportunity. It is down to me to be fit, work hard and show that I am ready.

“I feel like I can fit in the system the manager wants, I am naturally a wide player but I am also happy to play inside. I feel like I am in a good place right now and enjoying my football.”

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Above all else, Rabbi Matondo has the devastating pace that terrifies even the best of defenders and there could be a place for him at Rangers.

A cameo at Anfield last season saw him provide more of a spark than anyone else had made in the previous 80 minutes.

Michael Beale will have told him that he needs to show more control, not be as wasteful and, when he has the chance, be more clinical.

If he does all of this, with three forward positions available, Rabbi Matondo could yet be the player that Rangers hoped he would be.

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