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Rangers must unleash Rabbi Matondo this weekend

Glasgow Rangers turn their attention away from the Champions League as they return to Premiership action on Saturday afternoon.

The Light Blues travel away from Ibrox to face Hibernian as they go in search of their fourth win in four games in the Scottish top flight.

Gio van Bronckhorst’s men head into the game off the back of a 2-2 draw against PSV Eindhoven in their Champions League play-off first leg on Tuesday night.

Summer signings Tom Lawrence and Antonio Colak scored the goals for Rangers on the night to set up a tense second leg in the Netherlands next Wednesday.

For now, the Gers must focus on their clash with Hibernian, and Van Bronckhorst may look to make some changes to his team to keep players fresh and avoid burning anyone out.

One player who must be unleashed from the start tomorrow after missing out against PSV is summer signing Rabbi Matondo on the wing.

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The former Manchester City man was an unused substitute in midweek and was possibly left feeling hard done by after a stellar showing against St Johnstone last weekend.

He played the full 90 minutes of that Premiership match and was sublime on the left wing as he created four chances and registered two assists. The Wales international was also successful in six of his 10 attempted dribbles and received a SofaScore rating of 8.2 – the joint-highest on the pitch out of anyone to start.

These statistics show that he was a standout in the match because of his ability to beat players with the ball and then create opportunities for his team-mates. He has shown that he has the pace, dribbling and passing ability to make a big impact in the final third, and that is reflected in his statistics.

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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Former Wales boss Ryan Giggs once dubbed the £14.8k-per-week magician “electrifying“, and Matondo’s display against St Johnstone backed that up as he dazzled the Ibrox crowd with his trickery and creativity on the wing.

Last season, the 21-year-old racked up nine goals and two assists in 23 Pro League outings on loan at Cercle Brugge, and this suggests that he also has the potential to be a goalscorer, along with his chance creation and dribbling.

Therefore, he has the quality to be a match-winner for the Light Blues against Hibernian. He proved last weekend that he can perform at Premiership level and, after leaving him on the bench on Tuesday, Van Bronckhorst must unleash him from the start for the clash at Easter Road.

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