Derek Ferguson has claimed that Rangers midfielder Bongani Zungu is still trying to acclimatise to Scottish football.

The South African international arrived at Ibrox on loan from Amiens and has been slowly introduced into the Bears side during this successful run.

Zungu started the defeat against St. Mirren last week, and Ferguson claimed that he faced a “huge learning curve.”

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Speaking on the Blues Brothers podcast on Monday, Ferguson suggested that Zungu could have been exposed in that crushing defeat.

“They changed their tactics in the second half, and they got in our faces a little bit,” he said.

“I don’t think Zungu is used to that type of football, being pressed as quickly as that and it will be a huge learning curve for him.”

“When they got in our face, I don’t think he handled that very well and I still think he’s trying to acclimatise to our game.”

Steven Gerrard has improved his strength in depth at Ibrox, with Steven Davis, Ryan Jack and Glen Kamara currently ahead of Zungu in the pecking order.

The pressure certainly got to the 28-year-old against St. Mirren, but that also happened to the rest of the squad in the second half.

Zungu completed 73 minutes and defensively was sound – making six interceptions and 10 recoveries according to WyScout.

The problem came on the ball. The midfielder didn’t get forward effectively, only having one touch in the opposition box, and completing only 29% of his long passes.

Zungu clearly needs more time and minutes, and that is the only way he will learn.

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