Rabbi Matondo was an exciting summer signing, it’s just a shame that he is only starting to find his feet for Rangers with the season all but over.

An impressive debut in pre-season was followed by a continuous run of stop-start appearances in Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s squad.

Now though, under Michael Beale, Rabbi Matondo is looking like the player Rangers paid £2.5m to Schalke for.

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The 22-year old has looked sharp in substitute appearances before being handed a start against Aberdeen.

He needs to improve on things like holding the ball up, but he was also the main reason that Rangers should have been comfortable at half-time.

Twice he played Fashion Sakala in 1v1 and the Zambian international should have done better.

A series of clever flicks between defenders, in what was a cramped penalty box, allowed Rangers to get in behind a stuffy Aberdeen defence.

Against a low block, pace and getting behind with runners is vital but they have to be found.

Rabbi Matondo produces the numbers for Rangers

With four key passes and one big chance created, on another day, Rabbi Matondo walks off as man of the match with a few assists to his name.

Put a more clinical striker next to him and he could be a more productive option than Ryan Kent has been over the last couple of seasons.

The former Man City kid looked sharper than he has all season, confident and like a player with a point to prove.

Michael Beale was impressed and, against Celtic next week, the flying front man will have even more space to work in.

The Gers gaffer has no reason to drop him or any to recall Ryan Kent and fans will be fully behind a player who is, at least, running himself into the ground trying to make something happen.

A similar performance in the Old Firm and Rabbi Matondo might get the numbers he deserves for his efforts – if Fashion Sakala has his boots on the right feet.

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