Charlie Adam claims Rangers are unlikely to sign Bongani Zungu permanently from Amiens after he was confirmed to be one of five the COVID-19 rulebreakers at Ibrox.
According to The Scotsman, Rangers have the option to sign Zungu, 28, on a permanent basis in the summer for £2.5million after his season-long loan at Ibrox expires.
However, ex-Gers midfielder Adam believes that Nnamdi Ofoborh’s pending arrival in Glasgow means Steven Gerrard already has a replacement lined up for South Africa’s Zungu.
Ofoborh has already agreed a pre-contract deal with the Light Blues and will head up to Govan once his terms at Bournemouth expire at the end of the season.
Adam expects Ofoborh’s arrival to play a role in the decision that’s made on Zungu’s future while he’s unsure about what might happen to the likes of Calvin Bassey and Nathan Patterson, who were also caught breaking COVID-19 rules at the weekend.
“[Gerrard’s] not happy, he’s been let down. For these five players to do what they’ve done is absolutely idiotic,” Adam told PLZ Soccer’s Football Show on Wednesday afternoon.
“They already know two of their team-mates have been binned out of the football club and put on loan and they think they can go on and take the law into their own hands again. If they don’t learn from what the previous have done then they should be having strong words.
“The frustrating thing for me is that someone like a Nathan Patterson, who Rangers have invested in, gave a few games, to be now dragged into this situation puts his career back a little bit. Especially with trust from the manager off the pitch.
“Bassey obviously signed a long-term contract in the summer. Zungu’s permanent deal probably won’t happen now and they’re bringing the lad in from Bournemouth anyway.
“I just think the manager will feel let down and they have to take the consequences of what comes from the SFA and the government now.”
Ofoborh in, Zungu out
Ofoborh joined Wycombe on loan for the rest of the season on February 1, around the same time that he agreed a pre-contract deal with Rangers.
Since returning to Adams Park, the 21-year-old has made three appearances in the Championship but was an unused substitute in Wycombe’s last two matches.
It remains to be seen how good Ofoborh is because he’s still a young player. However, we’d take absolutely anyone over Zungu in the summer once the Amiens midfielder’s loan deal expires.
There’s simply no way back for the South Africa international now.
Plenty of fans had reservations about whether he should be signed permanently for £2.5million based on his performances alone but this latest incident has proven to be the final nail in the coffin.
Not only is it very unlikely that he’ll be signed permanently, but we also might not ever see him wear the Rangers colours again this season.
It’s a shame that it’s come down to this because a lot of us were excited by the Bafana Bafana midfielder’s arrival in October.
But he’s simply failed to meet expectations and this whole affair has seen him hit a new low in our eyes.
In other Rangers news, Kris Boyd has also shared his thoughts on Zungu.