Scott McDermott has lambasted Bongani Zungu following his Hamilton shocker and placed question marks over his Rangers future.
In a Gers side full of ineffectual performers Zungu managed to stand out among the worst in what was his first start since December 16.
The Light Blues were pegged back at the death by the Accies who scored a 94th minute equaliser to level the game 1-1 and send Steven Gerrard’s side back to Glasgow with their tails firmly between their legs.
Speaking on the Record Rangers Podcast chief football writer for the Daily Record McDermott suggested his performance could prove detrimental to his chances of earning a permanent deal, saying: “Zungu was really poor, he should be able to give a game against Hamilton as the pivot in the Rangers midfield and be able to control that game.
“If he’s any hope of staying at Rangers long-term then you would expect him to do that.
“He’s had two starts now away to St Mirren and away to Hamilton, he’s not been able to do it on either occasion and Rangers haven’t won any of the games so of course that’s on the player.”
Zungu was only brought in on loan in October but the chances of him landing a permanent deal at Ibrox look extremely thin after failing to take the rare opportunity handed to him on Sunday.
It was his first Premiership start but it could well be his last as he produced a dismal showing before being hooked on the hour mark.
With the Light Blues gunning for a Champions League group stage berth next term Gerrard will need a squad brimming with quality to ensure their return to the big-time does not end prematurely.
With Ryan Jack, Steven Davis, Glen Kamara and Joe Aribo he has the foundations in place but added stardust will be required to the midfield as the Gers steps up the gears.
Zungu looks woefully short of the level required and can count his chances of staying at Rangers next season as next to nil at this rate.
He will hope to get some playing time if and when the Gers wrap up the title early doors but he should be under no illusion that his time in Scotland is fast drawing to its conclusion.
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