A big claim has emerged on Glasgow Rangers and their latest Ibrox arrival in the summer transfer window…
Official club media partner Heart & Hand have revealed that Rangers’ bitter rivals made a last-minute attempt to sign Rabbi Matondo earlier this week.
The Light Blues completed the signing of the Welshman on Tuesday and the Gers insider has claimed that they did so after batting away interest from their arch-rivals.
They Tweeted: “Celtic approached the agent (of Matondo) last night when they realised he was on way to Glasgow.”
This claim will surely leave Ibrox supporters buzzing as it shows that the Wales international was not tempted by a move to Celtic Park.
The 21-year-old did not have his head swayed by Ange Postecoglou’s men, despite them having guaranteed Champions League football, and this shows how much of a pull the Light Blues have.
Even without the Premiership title last season and no guarantee of playing at the top level in Europe, they have been able to snap up a promising young player under fierce competition from their rivals.
Upon arriving in Glasgow, Matondo said: “I am absolutely buzzing to have signed for a club as big as Rangers. This is a big club with a massive history, and I just want to create more memories and more history here at the club.”
These comments suggest that he was attracted to Rangers by the size of the Scottish giants and this illustrates the advantage Ross Wilson has in negotiations to sign players. Joining the Light Blues could be a huge deal for players – as it seemingly is for Matondo – and this is a pull that other teams may not have.
Gers fans will, therefore, be buzzing with the 21-year-old’s decision to sign for the Gers in spite of Celtic’s interest and will now be hoping that his performances on the pitch vindicate their delight.
He has the potential to be a crucial player for Gio van Bronckhorst after enjoying an excellent season in Belgium with Cercle Brugge. In 23 starts in the Pro League, the ex-Manchester City man produced nine goals and two assists – creating four ‘big chances’ for his teammates.
The gem has scope for improvement, at the age of 21, and has shown that he has the quality to make an instant impact if he can adapt to Scottish football.