When Rangers secured a deal for Rabbi Matondo, there was plenty of praise for Ross Wilson for apparently holding off interest from the likes of Celtic in the ex-Schalke winger.

Here was a player who was coming off the back of a solid season on loan with Cercle Brugge in the Belgian Pro League (10 goals, two assists) and available for a knockdown fee of £2m.

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Factor in reports that Schalke had paid £11m to sign the winger from Man City only a few years previously – and the winger’s tender age of 22 – and suddenly the Rabbi Matondo deal looked a major coup for Rangers.

Finally, here was the solution to the club’s issues at right wing, the pacey, direct, goalscoring option who would dovetail perfectly with Ryan Kent and help put teams in Scotland to the sword – and potentially make us a fortune in the future.

But fast forward some six or so months and Rabbi Matondo is earning a reputation for fluffing his lines in front of goal – his return of 0 in 21 Rangers games makes awful reading – whilst the winger couldn’t even get a place on the bench for the clash with Celtic.

Incoming Rangers boss Michael Beale has decried a “crisis of confidence” in the player but whilst Rangers fans can be often unacceptably quick to write a player off, not even the best PR Ross Wilson can hire could make a successful argument that the signing has been a success.

Rabbi Matondo Rangers deal under the microscope

Factor in reports that the player is on a quite remarkable £28k per week, four-year deal (£1.5m per year, £6m over four) and suddenly the pressure is being heaped on the Ibrox brass.

Whilst plenty may doubt these figures – suppled officially by Salary Sport – reports at the time of the deal claimed that several Premier League sides, and even Celtic, may have pulled out of the Matondo running due to wage demands.

That, according to Sky Germany (via HITC), includes Leeds United.

There is certainly still time for Rabbi Matondo to come good but the finances involved only serve to further challenge a player who has cut a forlorn figure at times.

No harm to the kid, but Rangers fans are running out of patience with not only Rabbi Matondo but the Ibrox board with the winger becoming the latest transfer not to work out for anyone involved.

Michael Beale has a job on his hands to get the best out of the player who is yet to show the Rangers support what he’s capable of delivering for them at Ibrox.

Meanwhile, one Scotland international being linked to Rangers is said to be interesting a club in the Premier League.

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