Mark Hateley has piled the pressure on Bongani Zungu after the Rangers midfielder was outclassed against Hamilton Academical on Sunday.
The 28-year-old was handed a rare start in the middle of midfield against the Premiership basement boys but failed to take his opportunity and was hooked on the hour mark for Ryan Jack.
Steven Davis was also introduced later in the game and according to Hateley, these are the players that are setting the standards that Zungu needs to reach.
Speaking on the Rangers Ten10 podcast [07/02/21] Hateley, who scored over 100 Gers goals in the ’90s, was critical of the South African midfielder, saying: “You’re comparing him with Ryan Jack and Steven Davis because that’s the benchmark.
“He is not the same. He is not as urgent on the ball. He gets the ball, has a little one-two touch, then he will make the pass, sideways. Very rarely have I seen him do a penetrating pass.
“Ryan and Steven have got all that and that’s what he’s being compared with.”
Lacking in all departments
He was the first man hooked at Hamilton and that was no surprise as he produced an awful display severely lacking in any quality.
Zungu might not be there to offer sprinklings of stardust to Gers attacks but one thing he is supposed to offer is some solidity and a powerful presence in midfield.
However, against Hamilton, he only lost nine of his duels [Wyscout] and won zero in the opposition half.
His passing was neat with a 92% pass completion but Hateley’s comments of him playing the easy pass seem to ring true considering just two of the 37 he attempted were ‘long passes’ while only nine were made forwards.
Zungu also lost possession of the ball five times in his own half.
His future must be in serious jeopardy right now.
With the likes of Glen Kamara and Joe Aribo to add to Davis and Jack his status in the Gers midfielder is pretty non-existent and he is clearly the most unfancied option.
At 28 he is not exactly a youthful prospect so his days at Ibrox look numbered already.
In other Rangers news, Steven Gerrard gives his verdict on Scott Wright’s Gers debut.