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Bongani Zungu’s time is up at Glasgow Rangers, according to former Aberdeen forward Noel Whelan, who believes Steven Gerrard no longer trusts the midfielder.
Which is the word?
The 28-year-old played 60 ′ minutes into the Scottish Premiership game with Hamilton before being transferred by Ryan Jack, but he will likely find himself heading to the Ibrox exit after being one of the five players fined by police for attending an illegal party in violation of Covid-19 lockdown rules.
Does Bongani Zungu deserve another chance?
Do not …
It has been suggested that Rangers had the option to buy midfielder Bafana-Bafana for £ 2.7 million when the summer window is open in a few months.
Whelan believes Gerrard has already deemed South Africa’s international surplus to qualify, and sees no way back for the former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder after slipping so far down the Ibrox pecking order.
“He’s gone, he’s gone completely, there’s no way you’re going to sign a player like that if you can’t trust him,” the former Premier League striker said. Football Insider.
“The most important word in everyone, in any coach, is can I trust my players on the field? Can I trust them off the field? Can I trust that they will be the right character to join this football club?
“The direct answer there is absolutely no.”
Get rid of him?
It sounds harsh, but Zungu has no chance of forcing his way back to the Rangers first team. When Zungu returns, he will find himself far below the likes of Steven Davis and Jack in the pecking order and fighting for scraps.
Unfortunately for the South African, his overall performances have done very little to justify his temporary acquisition in the first place; against Hamilton, he was rated one of the worst players on the field by SofaScore in a 1-1 draw with the Accies.
According Who scored, their numbers are well below those of Davis and Jack. Both players currently average more punts, interceptions and tackles per game than the South African, suggesting they both operate at a higher level.
In fact, there doesn’t seem to be a place for Zungu now, after Gerrard accepted it is unlikely that he will join the Rangers permanently.
On this basis, the Scottish giants should start planning their possible summer outing, which seems more and more inevitable with each passing minute. It just hasn’t been worth the inconvenience and pain it has caused Gerrard, both on and off the court.
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