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Rangers had a howler with failed swoop for 22-year-old winger

Glasgow Rangers went through a summer of change as Ross Wilson made a host of big decisions throughout the recent transfer window.

He brought in a number of fresh faces to bolster Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s team, with the likes of John Souttar, Ben Davies, Malik Tillman, and Antonio Colak coming through the door at Ibrox.

Not all of them have been able to hit the ground running, though, and one player who has not been able to show the best of his abilities thus far is Rabbi Matondo.

The former Manchester City man has struggled to find his best form since making the switch to Ibrox. The rapid forward has mustered up zero goals and two assists in nine matches in all competitions whilst playing as a right winger.

He has been unable to provide a consistent threat at the top end of the pitch and has not started a match for the Light Blues since the 2-2 draw with Hibernian in August.

Wilson reportedly paid £2.5m to sign him from FC Schalke after the winger had managed nine goals and two assists in 23 Pro League starts on loan at Cercle Brugge last season – averaging a SofaScore rating of 6.84.

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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The Rangers chief may now be regretting his failure to sign Andreas Skov Olsen, who is the same age (22) as the Welsh attacker, from Bologna back in January as it is now looking like a mistake.

Van Bronckhorst and Wilson were reportedly pushing to sign the Danish forward from the Serie A side but he ended up signing for Belgian outfit Club Brugge instead, on a permanent basis.

Olsen, who talent scout Jacek Kulig described as “deadly” and “perfect“, made an instant impact in Belgium as he racked up six goals and eight assists in 12 Pro League starts during the second half of the 2021/22 campaign – averaging a SofaScore rating of 7.38.

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This means that he was directly involved in more goals (14) than Matondo (12) in the Belgian top-flight last term, despite the Welshman starting 11 more matches.

The Denmark international has carried his form into the current season as he has produced four goals and two assists in eight starts – averaging a rating of 7.66. He has also caught the eye in the Champions League with one goal and one assist in two appearances – compared to Matondo’s zero goal contributions in two outings.

At the time of the former Serie A magician’s move in January, Transfermarkt valued him at £5.85m. He is currently (20/09/22) valued at £13.5m, less than a year later, and this shows that Rangers missed out on a rising asset as well as a player who could have made a big impact on the pitch.

Therefore, Rangers had a howler by failing to sign him from Bologna in January as he offers far more at the top end of the pitch than the player they did end up bringing in out wide. They may well watch his career from afar whilst wondering what could have been.

Article title: Rangers had a howler with failed swoop for 22-year-old winger

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