Bongani Zungu is likely to be axed from the Rangers starting line-up ahead of their clash against Kilmarnock on Saturday, according to the Scotsman.
The newspaper claims that time could be running out for the 28-year-old to prove his worth at Ibrox after arriving on loan from French club Amiens in October.
It is understood Rangers have the option to sign Zungu permanently for £2.5million but the South African midfielder struggled to seize a rare opportunity in the starting line-up when he was picked to play against Hamilton on Sunday.
Steven Gerrard’s side drew 1-1 in South Lanarkshire and Zungu was substituted off 60 minutes into his first Premiership start.
Grim reading for Zungu
It is hard to see how Rangers will pay £2.5million for a player who’ll turn 29-years-old next season, who is struggling to start and when he does start, doesn’t perform.
Zungu has started just three matches since joining the Light Blues from Amiens on an initial loan deal.
One of those was in the Europa League against Lech Poznan. Rangers won 2-0 away in Poland but had already secured qualification from their group.
Zungu’s other two starts came against Hamilton on Sunday when the Gers were arguably at their worst in the Premiership and in the Betfred Cup defeat to St Mirren.
It seems that when Zungu starts, it is most likely that Gerrard’s men will underperform.
It doesn’t make good reading for Zungu and for fans who rate the South Africa international but there’s no way he’s looking as though he’s worth £2.5million.
Ryan Jack, Glen Kamara, Steven Davis and Scott Arfield are all way better central midfield options than him while Nnamdi Ofoborh is arriving from Bournemouth in the summer.
It would be a huge shock if Zungu remains a Gers player after the end of this season.
In other Rangers news, this BBC pundit was baffled by one player doing something “strange” against Hamilton.