Kris Boyd would be shocked to see Bongani Zungu in a Rangers shirt again after it was confirmed he was one of the five Gers players to attend a party at the weekend.
Zungu, Nathan Patterson, Calvin Bassey, Dapo Mebude, who is on loan at Queen of the South, and Brian Kinnear have all been named and shamed by the Premiership leaders, who confirm that all five players are away from the squad to isolate and face further punishment.
Boyd, who appeared on Sky Sports on Wednesday to react to the news, is furious with the quintet but believes the youngsters will be able to regain some trust by going out on loan and showing their worth.
However, with 28-year-old loanee Zungu, Boyd feels his time at Ibrox is already up.
“You can’t use age as an excuse. Everybody knows what’s going on in the world right now,” Boyd said, as shown on Sky Sports Scotland’s Twitter account on Wednesday.
“They’ve made a mistake, they know that. Steven Gerrard has come out and said he feels totally let down by them – and rightly so.
“When you consider Bassey and Patterson have been in and around the first-team for a number of months now, were potentially on the verge of being in a title party – that’s not going to happen.
“The trust has well and truly gone with the youngsters. I wouldn’t be surprised if they have to leave the football club, like Jones and Edmundson, to go and build up the trust of Rangers again.”
Boyd added: “Zungu. I’d be very surprised if we see him in a Rangers jersey again. He’s been a major disappointment since coming to the football club and this just tops it all off.”
❌Kris Boyd believes Zungu, Patterson, Bassey, Mebude & Kinnear have no excuse for breaching coronavirus rules after the Rangers players went to a party at the weekend.
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Zungu’s loan spell at Ibrox will more than likely go down in infamy because he’s likely to be in the squad that wins the Premiership title but also deserves no medal or any mention alongside that accolade.
The South Africa midfielder has been nothing short of poor in terms of his performances for the Light Blues.
He’s made 15 appearances in all competitions since arriving on loan from Ligue 2 club Amiens in October and there’s an option for his move to be made permanent.
However, he’s started just four times in all competitions. One of those was the shock BetFred Cup defeat to St Mirren and another was the disappointing draw with Hamilton earlier this month.
He’s simply not good enough as a player but this latest breach of COVID-19 protocol puts his entire career at Ibrox beyond any doubt.
He’s not welcome to stay.
Whether Rangers look into terminating his loan deal early remains to be seen but we would be more than happy to see the back of Zungu.
It’s actually embarrassing for him that he got caught partying with teenagers when he’s at Ibrox as a player with international caps and appearances in Ligue 1 and the Portuguese top-flight.
In other Rangers news, Michael Stewart was blown away by one Gers player in the win over Kilmarnock at the weekend.