Bongani Zungu has made the most of his time in a Rangers shirt so far this season and was impressive against St Mirren on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old arrived on a season-long loan from Amiens in October but had to wait until November 8 for his first start.
In total, he has made seven appearances in all competitions so far this term, appearing in the Scottish Premiership, Europa League and Betfred League Cup.
However, with Scott Arfield, Glen Kamara and Steven Davis the preferred midfield trio for Steven Gerrard in recent weeks, it is difficult to see how he can break into the side.
Zungu does his best work from the base of the midfield, utilising his range of passing to spread the play and breaking up opposition attacks.
Against St Mirren on Wednesday, he completed 50 of his attempted 59 passes, won eight of 15 duels, made six interceptions and recovered the ball 10 times (via Wyscout). Overall, 60 of his 85 actions were successful and he was one of the few bright spots on a disappointing day for the Gers.
Kamara and Davis, who have made up the Rangers double pivot in the most important games this season, were left on the bench and despite Zungu impressing, it is likely Gerrard will return to that combination as his side look to bounce back against Motherwell on Saturday.
This is not to say that Zungu cannot play an important role this season. He can and will likely do so as he continues to move up the pecking order. However, he plays in perhaps the most competitive position in the Rangers squad and is trying to displace two players that have been in outstanding form. Ryan Jack too was excellent prior to his injury and will be another valuable option on his return.
Going forward, Zungu will need to continue to make the most of his opportunities, just like he did against St Mirren. But he still remains further down in the manager’s mind than he would perhaps like.
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