Thursday night’s Europa League clash against Lech Poznan presents the perfect opportunity for Steven Gerrard to rotate his side and Bongani Zungu could be one of the Rangers players to keep a close eye on.
After joining on loan from French club Amiens in the summer, Rangers supporters have not had the chance to see much of Zungu in action this season.
He is yet to start a game in the Premiership and has been limited to just four appearances across all competitions.
Part of this can be put down to injuries and also the form of Steven Davis, who even at the age of 35, continues to showcase his class week after week.
The perfect audition
Davis is one of the club’s senior players that Gerrard has to manage carefully through this busy Christmas period and with qualification already secured, this opens the stage up perfectly for Zungu to shine.
As per the BBC, Rangers do have the option to sign the midfielder on a permanent basis in the summer, should he impress.
Signed potentially with a view to replacing Davis long-term, Zungu has to show more of the all-round ability that the Northern Irish international possesses if he wants to earn a permanent Rangers move.
As per Wyscout, Zungu has a commendable 96.4% success rate for backwards passes per 90 minutes in a Rangers shirt. This was clear to see during his performance against Falkirk at the end of November, with the South African international shielding the back four and keeping things relatively simple when on the ball.
The numbers start to dwindle when Zungu tries to be more progressive on the ball. As per Wyscout, he has managed to play just one pass into the penalty area and has a 73.2% pass accuracy for forward passes.
Gerrard previously hailed Zungu’s passing range after an impressive debut and the 28-year-old appears to have all the qualities to step into this Rangers team. He now just needs a consistent platform to show what he’s all about.
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