The Ibrox side won their last match before the international break against Dundee United, however, this had been preceded by three consecutive defeats to Napoli, Ajax, and Celtic as Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men displayed a worrying lack of confidence and cutting edge.
There could be some big changes ahead of the match at Tynecastle, with plenty of new signings still looking to stake a claim in the Light Blues side. The Dutchman should be aiming to slot a few into the starting XI today, and unleashing Welsh winger Rabbi Matondo could boost the team’s chances against Hearts.
Since arriving from German side Schalke in the summer for £3m, Matondo hasn’t had much opportunity to display his talents.
He has only started two league matches so far, although he does have an average SofaScore rating of 7.1 for his Premiership outings this term and Van Bronckhorst should deploy him on the right wing in order to take advantage of his explosive pace.
Last season, German statisticians clocked the winger at speeds of 22mph in a Schalke shirt, showing that his pace can be a huge asset in today’s match.
The 22-year-old can certainly get the better of Hearts left-back Stephen Kingsley, who has been in solid form this season, ranking joint second in the squad with a rating of 6.98 as per WhoScored. Matondo’s pace should be enough to terrorise Kingsley however and he could be in for a torrid afternoon.
Rangers Review journalist Joshua Barrie described Matondo as being “excellent” against St Johnstone earlier on in the season and Van Bronckhorst will be hoping he can replicate a performance like this in order to break Hearts down.
Premiership matches away from home appear to be the Dutchman’s kryptonite at the club, winning only seven of his 13 away ties in his Rangers career.
A changed line-up could work wonders today and the inclusion of Matondo will surely give the Light Blues some attacking impetus.