Rangers face Standard Liege in the Europa League at Ibrox on Thursday knowing that a win will see the club secure progress to the knockout stage.

The Gers are currently top of Group D, level on points with Benfica and beat the Belgian side in the reverse fixture thanks to a James Tavernier penalty and a Kemar Roofe wondergoal.

With progress all-but secure with two matches still to play, it represents the ideal chance for Steven Gerrard to rotate.


One player, in particular, that needs to game time is Bongani Zungu, who has made just two appearances for the club since his arrival.

The South African’s first appearance for the club was initially delayed by COVID-19 restrictions, while he was then ruled out for a week thanks to an injury he picked up on international duty.

In the short amount of time he has spent on the pitch for the Gers he has impressed, with his range of passing and astute positioning at the base of midfield marking him out as a capable deep-lying playmaker.

According to Wyscout, 73% of his actions of his against Falkirk on Sunday were successful, while he completed 92.1% of his 38 passes in his only Scottish Premiership appearance against Hamilton Academical (via WhoScored).


The circumstances have worked against him but the onus now falls on his manager Steven Gerrard to integrate the Amiens loanee.

In his short time on the pitch, he has shown he could become an excellent replacement for the ageing Steven Davis, but he has not been afforded the opportunities to show his quality.

Furthermore, with so little evidence of his quality, it is difficult for Gerrard to trust him in the biggest matches.

With the Gers favourites to earn another win over Standard Liege on Thursday, the match presents the ideal chance for Zungu to continue his integration and play alongside a number of Rangers’ regular starters.

In other Rangers news, one Gers failed to take his chance to impress against Falkirk


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