Gio van Bronckhorst tasted success for the first time as manager of Rangers as his side won the Scottish Cup at the weekend.
The Gers won 2-0 at Hampden Park as goals from Ryan Jack and Scott Wright meant that the club ended the 2021/22 campaign with a trophy to lift.
After finishing second in the Premiership and losing on penalties in the final of the Europa League, it was a fantastic way to round off the season and head into the summer without a bitter taste in the mouth.
The focus will now turn to the summer transfer window and one player the club have already been linked with a swoop for is Welsh winger Japhet Matondo.
According to Football League World, Cardiff are only entitled to a fee of £130k should he make a move to Rangers or Celtic, who are both interested in his services.
Premier League side Leeds are also said to be keen on the youngster and they would need to negotiate a fee with the Welsh club as they do not fall under the non-English rules that benefit the Old Firm giants in this transfer battle.
Should Rangers sign Matondo?
Imagine him & Lowry
Now, just imagine him and Alex Lowry coming through the ranks at Ibrox in the years to come and making their mark on the first team.
Ross Wilson must land the attacker as Matondo, 16, and Lowry, 18, can be the future of the Glasgow giants and enjoy a link-up on the pitch. The former can play out wide, on the left or right, and the latter is capable of playing in central midfield or on the wing.
This means that they could play alongside each other on the flanks or with the Scot in the middle of the park supplying the Welshman with the ball out wide.
Reporter Mark Hendry dubbed him a “teen talent” and Wales Online reported that he is highly rated at Cardiff and has admirers within the national team camp. This, along with the interest in him from elsewhere, suggests that he has been in fine form this season at youth level and has caught the eye enough to warrant speculation over his future.
Whilst this does not guarantee that he will make the grade at Ibrox, this does suggest that he is an exciting young player who is worth taking a gamble on.
Meanwhile, Lowry has already shown glimpses of his quality at the first-team level. He averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.05 in four Premiership outings as he scored one and assisted one for the Glasgow giants.
This shows that both players are up-and-coming gems who could be stars in the future, which is why Wilson must secure a deal for Matondo to pair him with the current Rangers talent as they can be an exciting duo for years to come.
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