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Alex McLeish has insisted that Rangers midfielder Bongani Zungu will have been given a wake-up call this week at Ibrox.

The South African started in the 1-1 draw against Hamilton, struggled to perform, and was dropped once again for the victory over Kilmarnock on Saturday.

McLeish believes that Zungu failed to deliver the minimum required of himself and that he needs to find his rhythm and momentum much quicker.

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Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “He’s a work in progress.

“He’s come to the British game, he has played for his country and he’s done extremely well in that field, but again, he needs rhythm and momentum.

“Sometimes, the least you’ll see is them running themselves ragged for the whole game, but for these technical players, it can be more difficult for them.

“It’s a wake-up call for Zungu when you come in, you’ve got to see that game through at a top performance level.”

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Zungu has been majorly disappointing since arriving on loan from Amiens.

The 28-year-old made his first Scottish Premiership start in that draw at Hamilton, and it came after 10 substitute appearances and 159 minutes beforehand.

Steven Davis, Glen Kamara and the returning Ryan Jack have all been superb, and it is hard to see many more opportunities for Zungu between now and the end of the season.

With Nnamdi Ofoborh having signed a pre-contract deal in January, it makes any potential permanent move after this loan spell highly unlikely for Zungu.

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