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Rangers: Rabbi Matondo stole the show against St Johnstone

Glasgow Rangers strolled to a comfortable 4-0 victory over St Johnstone at Ibrox in the Premiership clash at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst made a few changes from the Champions League qualifier against Union Saint-Gilloise on Tuesday night, with Ben Davies, Ryan Jack, Rabbi Matondo and Scott Wright coming in. They took the places of James Sands, Tom Lawrence, Scott Arfield, and Ryan Kent.

It only took until the 32-minute mark for Malik Tillman, who scored the goal that took the Ibrox side through to the Champions League play-off round, to net his second goal for the club.

Antonio Colak added his third strike in as many matches for the Gers with a nice turn and finish, before substitutes Scott Arfield and Tom Lawrence made it three league wins from three. There was one player that stood out from the rest, however.

Matondo stole the show

Welsh winger Rabbi Matondo, who was dubbed “electrifying” by former Wales manager Ryan Giggs in 2020, certainly has pace to burn and isn’t shy in going for goal either judging by an effort against St Johnstone crashing off the woodwork.

Rangers Review journalist Joshua Barrie described Matondo as “excellent” following his performance today and it’s clear to see why.

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The winger drew an 8.2 rating from SofaScore, the joint-highest on the pitch alongside his captain James Tavernier.

His 52 touches were the most of any other attacking player in the Ibrox team and he also made four key passes, registered two assists, and succeeded with 60% of his attempted dribbles.

The Scotsman’s David Oliver also appeared impressed with the efforts of Matondo on Saturday afternoon, awarding the Welshman a seven in his own player ratings, as well as stating of the 21-year-old:

“No end product in the first half despite plenty of pace but more than made up for that afterwards. Denied a delicious goal by the crossbar shortly after the break then tenacity to win ball back from Drey Wright in the box for Colak’s strike then supply Arfield. Continues to excite.”

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Rangers have been over-reliant on Kent out on the wing over the previous two seasons, and while the former Liverpool man has nailed down a starting spot on the left, the manager went through a host of names last term to fill in on the right-hand side.

Ianis Hagi, Scott Wright and even Joe Aribo all tried but it appears Matondo could well be the answer to a longstanding problem for the Dutchman, even if today he deputised exceptionally well for Kent.

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