Rangers winger Rabbi Matondo might be back in the Ibrox squad – but the Welsh international is without an appearance since late December.
The last time the 22-year-old attacker turned out for the Light Blues was in the 3-0 win over Motherwell on December 28th and since then its been 94 days and counting since he played for the club.
Rabbi Matondo was on the bench for the club’s 2-0 win over Dundee United, following on from his squad return against Hibs at the start of March, but the player is still without minutes.
Whilst an unspecified injury is believed to have kept Rabbi Matondo out of the Rangers team for the last few months the situation has increased the scrutiny on the club’s recruitment.
Rabbi Matondo fails to make Rangers impact
Rangers reportedly paid £2.5m to sign the winger from Schalke 04 after a successful season on loan at Cercle Brugge, with reports claiming the winger is on £28k a week.
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The winger is one of several Rangers first-teamers who’ve spent substantial time on the sidelines this season in what is looking to be an all-round disappointing campaign for the club.
The situation surrounding Rangers winger Rabbi Matondo has also been intensified with injuries to the other summer signings such as John Souttar, Ridvan Yilmaz and Tom Lawrence.
Established squad players such as Filip Helander and Kemar Roofe have also spent the bulk of the campaign sidelined.
Such has been the downturn domestically and impact of the the pre-World Cup bottle job in Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s injury-ravaged team, the club’s fans have launched protests as a result.
Ross Wilson’s recent incoming transfer record doesn’t make for great reading and that’s why the director is firmly in the sights of certain supporters.
The three-month absence of Rabbi Matondo – and his failure to impress this season – is emblematic of this and with another three years to run on his contract the signs are ominous.
Rangers have to find a way to get Rabbi Matondo into the team otherwise they may need to cut their losses when the summer window rolls round.