Bongani Zungu made his first start for Rangers in his new side’s 4-0 win over Falkirk in the Scottish League Cup.
Gers fans have been anxious to watch their new man in action since he joined the club in the summer but his chances have been limited due to injury and fitness issues.
The 28-year-old was finally unleashed from the start as he helped Rangers progress against lower league opposition.
It was only the second time the South African has appeared for the Gers after coming off the bench during the 8-0 demolition of Aberdeen in November.
This first start gave us a much better look at Zungu and what he could bring to Steven Gerrard’s side even though he lined up against a lower league side.
From his Wyscout heatmap, you can see that the midfielder took up a more defensive role in the centre of the pitch and looked to be covering the Gers defence.
This worked well as, according to Wyscout, Zungu made six interceptions against Falkirk and he won 75% of his aerial duels.
However, the 28-year-old only won 40% of his defensive duels in total which is slightly concerning considering he wasn’t playing against a Scottish Premiership side, this is something he must improve in future.
He also gave away three fouls which suggests that he struggled to deal with the Falkirk attack at times.
He did, however, win 100% of his loose ball duels which suggests he is good at cleaning up in the midfield and latching onto loose balls.
Going forward, Zungu completed 100% of his dribbles which shows he is more than capable of carrying the ball and driving Rangers up the pitch.
He also registered an 87% passing accuracy which is slightly less than the average accuracy of Ryan Jack who is completing 90% of his passes this season, perhaps Zungu needs to slightly improve his passing.
Overall, 73% of Zungu’s total actions were successful against Falkirk which is a decent rate for a first start at a new club.
There are a few things that Gers fans will want the South African to work on but there are plenty of reasons to suggest that Zungu could be a solid player for Gerrard’s side.