“Rabbi Matondo has turned down a number of offers in Belgium and is most likely to return to England, I am told. Vincent Kompany was interested in him at Anderlecht prior to his departure.
“He came very close to agreeing terms with Anderlecht before Kompany’s exit. Rangers and Celtic are both very interested in Matondo.”
The 21-year-old is yet to find his feet at Schalke, with just two goals in 32 appearances for Die Königsblauen, but showed his class in a loan spell with Cercle Brugge last season, contributing an impressive 10 goals and two assists in 27 appearances for the Belgian Pro League side.
Matondo’s main attribute is his incredible pace, which allows him to burst past opponents, and the youngster could provide a serious attacking threat in van Bronckhorst’s side next season.
“Just like Dan James, he has electrifying pace. And that always keeps you interested.”
Should Rangers sign Matondo?
Van Bronckhorst has shown a preference for pacy wingers during his time at Ibrox thus far, with Ryan Kent, Fashion Sakala and Scott Wright all playing regularly last season.
Kent spoke about how he combines with Morelos in a Rangers TV interview last season, saying:
“He’s a player you always want to get the ball to in the box. He knows where the goal is.
“If you provide enough chances in a game he’ll come away with one or two goals.
“As attacking players you want to try and get him isolated in the box and if I can draw one or two players out, it leaves him with more space in the box for someone else to provide him with the ball.”
In the 2019/20 Bundesliga season, Matondo was rated highly by FBref for his shot-creating actions, excelling at through balls and dribbles that led to shot attempts.
Therefore, it seems fair to suggest that the winger, who is reportedly available for just £3m this summer, could perform a similar role to Kent in this Rangers side and isolate players out wide, before supplying Morelos for the goals.
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