Report: Celtic hold talks with Bundesliga winger after big year in Belgium

By David Walton

June 8, 2022

Wales international Rabbi Matondo is in talks with Celtic after a fine season in Belgium’s top tier, according to Wales Online.

The report states that both the Hoops and Rangers are in talks with the player despite him being away with Rob Page’s Wales squad.

Matondo is back with Schalke after the winger enjoyed a superb season with Cercle Brugge. Matondo managed to net 10 goals during his loan spell, with Wales Online claiming that the club were keen on keeping the winger.

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Reports in Germany, meanwhile, have reported that Schalke are keen on selling the player [WAZ]. However, Cercle Brugge have already announced that they can’t afford to do a permanent deal.

Matondo came through the Manchester City youth academy and in the past has earned praise from Pep Guardiola, who lauded his pace [Goal].

Since moving to Schalke back in 2019, the winger has struggled to get regular game-time and has only accumulated 32 appearances for the club in total [Transfermarkt].

Rabbi Matondo to Celtic – a necessary purchase?

As of yet, there’s no real indication as to where the Bundesliga winger will be playing his football next season. With a contract that runs out at the end of next season, it makes sense for Schalke to sell now in order to get some sort of fee for him.

However, the purchase option Cercle Brugge had in their loan agreement was a reported €3.5m [£2.97m] [WAZ]. Not overly expensive if Celtic feel this is an essential move for them.

But that’s the key question. Are we truly in need of yet another winger this summer? After all, if we managed to sign Jota which we would all expect to be the case, we’ll already have plenty of options signed up.

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Liel Abada won’t be losing minutes anytime soon whilst James Forrest didn’t sign a new contract to sit on the bench. That’s 2 options for the right-wing position whilst Jota has regularly played there for the Hoops too.

Signing Matondo would feel more like a luxury buy than a necessary one. Granted, his record in Belgium last season suggests he’s ready for a big step-up this summer. The prospect of UCL football could easily sway the player too.

But for now it’s just a case of waiting to see what happens. Early days yet by the look of things.

In other news, Vasilis Barkas speaks out after leaving Celtic for Utrecht