If things didn’t already appear bleak for Bongani Zungu at Rangers then this comment from Steven Gerrard looks to have confirmed his future fate.
Zungu is one of the ‘Rangers Five’ who breached covid-19 protocols by attending a house party and brought shame upon the club.
The backlash has been severe with politicians and fans having their say and it is no wonder that questions marks have been swirling over the midfielder’s future following the debacle.
As reported on the Daily Record website, Gerrard responded with a cutting remark on whether this had hurt Zungu’s chances of earning a permanent move to Ibrox, saying: “I think that would be fair to say, yes.”
He added: “We’ll move forward with the players who have remained professional and want to be part of a successful team.”
Zungu is currently on a season-long loan from French side Amiens but has made just four starts in all competitions this season for the Gers.
Easiest goodbye we’ll ever have
Things does not look good for Zungu and he can have absolutely no qualms about anything.
It would have been a surprise if Rangers had pulled the trigger and converted his loan move into a permanent one even without this controversy as his performances on the pitch have hardly yielded much.
The South Africa international could point to a severe lack of game-time that has hampered his chances of showing his quality, but in truth he is woefully short of the level required.
This was shown more than ever during his first and only Premiership start so far when he struggled against a rock-bottom Hamilton Academical side before being hooked at half-time.
Add this to the flagrant breach of lockdown restrictions and his chances of staying in Glasgow appear next-to-nil.
The one saving grace you could perhaps offer for the other four players could up in the storm is that they are young players making mistakes, and that they can learn from it.
Zungu is 28-years-old and should certainly know better so it smacks of pure ignorance and selfishness on his part.
Gerrard has been kind in keeping his barbs as short as they were and we can bet he has some stronger words to say about him behind closed doors.
The Zungu chapter looks set to close and it is not one that we will look back upon with any fondness.