Rangers goalkeeper Jack Butland has heaped praise on teammate Rabbi Matondo – but admits sometimes he wishes the winger would “be quiet”.
The new Ibrox number one was speaking after the Champions League Playoff first leg with PSV at Ibrox, where Rabbi Matondo netted in a 2-2 draw.
The young Welsh winger has had a difficult year in Glasgow following a move from Schalke 04 but is now beginning to settle in to the Ibrox squad.
Jack Butland joined Rangers this summer following the end of a loan deal with Manchester United and admits he is made up for Rabbi Matondo after his first goal at Ibrox.
But the former England international stopper joked that such is Rabbi Matondo’s energetic personality, sometimes he wishes he’d tone it down.
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“For me I’ve only known Rabbi (Matondo) this season,” Jack Butland said.
“He’s a hell of a character around the place, he’s full of energy. You really wish he’d be quiet sometimes, he’s that sort of character.
“But he brings a lot of energy to the building which is huge and for him I’m sure it’s been tough.
“He’s been waiting a long time for a first goal. He trains well, he works hard and he’s a great lad around the group.
“In a few games already this season he’s come on and had some huge impacts for us and hopefully that’s a sign of things to come.
“So really pleased for him. He was top drawer today, great goal, great team goal on the break there and finished well by him.
“So really pleased for him, the lads are all buzzing for him, and hopefully he can keep doing it.”
Rangers now head to PSV Eindhoven knowing a repeat of the 1-0 score line from last season would be enough to see them through to the Champions League.
Jack Butland is going to have to be on the top of his game in the Netherlands whilst don’t bet against Rabbi Matondo playing a big role of his own against PSV.