Glasgow Rangers suffered an early-season blow in their quest for league title number 56, shipping a late equaliser which saw them drop two points this afternoon.
A first half which lacked intensity, which in Rangers’ case could be fully understood given their midweek Champions League play-off exertions, witnessed just one shot on target, which was James Tavernier’s penalty to open the scoring.
The second half saw the match burst into life, with Martin Boyle netting Hibs’ equaliser before Tom Lawrence scored his third goal in three matches, prior to two incidents which changed the course of the match.
Firstly, John Lundstram was sent off following a lunge on Boyle as he attempted to launch a counterattack. Less than ten minutes later, Alfredo Morelos was dismissed as he swung an arm wildly into Marijan Cabraja.
While both decisions may have appeared slightly contentious, it swung the match in Hibs’ favour as they scored a late goal to snatch a point through Josh Campbell’s half-volley.
There were a few lacklustre performers for the Ibrox side, with Matondo a shadow of his true self out on the right wing.
The 21-year-old was expected to use his pace to cause problems out wide, as he did wonderfully against St Johnstone last week, but he clearly wasn’t at the races today. Indeed, The Athletic’s Rangers correspondent Jordan Campbell said that the Wales international was “off it” during his 68-minute spell on the pitch at Easter Road.
Matondo received a rating of 6.5 from SofaScore while only having 21 touches during the match, 20 fewer than Gers goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin.
The Welshman only delivered one successful cross, completed zero dribbles, lost possession nine times, and made just eight passes, a poor return for a winger who was brought to the club to use his creativity in matches like this to give the Light Blues an added spark.
He is still young and will have poor performances now and again, but at a club like Rangers, players are held to very high standards.
The Gers face PSV Eindhoven in their Champions League play-off second leg next Wednesday, and if Matondo is selected for that game, he will need to deliver a better performance than what he showed this afternoon.