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Alex McLeish has claimed that Bongani Zungu could have played his final game for Rangers after breaching COVID-19 protocols last week.

The South African international has returned to training ahead of the game with Royal Antwerp after issuing an apology on Wednesday.

McLeish admitted that it would be “harsh” to punish Zungu this dramatically, but his loan spell could see him never play for the Bears again before the end of the season.

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Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “It would seem that way.

“We were talking good things about this guy a couple of months ago about this guy, I’ve seen him in a couple of his international games and he was very effective.

“So, again, it just depends – some of the guys that had the night out will be regretting that, but they’ve got to prove themselves to play for Rangers.

“I would think it would be harsh if there was to be people never playing for Rangers again.”

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It definitely isn’t looking for good for Zungu.

The one saving grace for the South African could be the recent injury to Ryan Jack, who Steven Gerrard has admitted will be out for a couple of weeks at Ibrox.

Having said that, during Scott Arfield and Jack being out over Christmas, Zungu made a single start, and that was in the 1-1 draw with Hamilton.

When trying to secure a permanent move after a loan, this wasn’t the way to go about it, and we could be about to wave goodbye to the midfielder.

In other Rangers news, Nathan Patterson could feature for Bears against Royal Antwerp

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