Glasgow Rangers can ill afford to repeat their defensive lapses again after they ended a run of three clean sheets in a row after being held to a 1-1 draw at Hamilton Academical last Sunday.
You could pick many holes in Steven Gerrard’s side as several stars were at fault for the team’s sub-par performance overall, none more so than Bongani Zungu, and after such a disappointing display, it would be a surprise to see him start against Kilmarnock.
The Bafana-Bafana midfielder has shown flashes of his ability during his time at Ibrox but he has simply been far too inconsistent for his own good, with his display against Hamilton called into question by ex-Ger full-back Alan Hutton.
He’s quite clearly struggling to form any sort of connection with his teammates Glen Kamara and Joe Aribo, whereas Aribo has had a lot more success with the likes of Steven Davis and Ryan Jack on the right-hand side of the midfield, with a goal and an assist in his past four Premiership fixtures.
Whilst Zungu obviously has a lot of ability, he has done little to justify his much-heralded arrival from French Ligue 2 side Amiens – let alone his £2.7m price-tag – having joined the Scottish giants on loan until the end of the season with the option for a permanent move.
Speaking to reporters at the time, Gerrard said: “Bongani fits the profile of player that adds further strength and depth to our midfield.
“We wanted a dominant midfielder with the right profile who can enhance the team and complement other players we have.”
But it’s fair to say that he has been nothing short of disappointing, with no goals or assists in 15 appearances across all competitions so far this season, which has resulted in a less than impressive WhoScored match rating of 6.29. For context, he is the third-lowest ranked player in the Rangers squad, above the likes of George Edmundson and Greg Stewart. Say no more.
Davis and Jack have had their fair share of injury troubles since the start of this season, which perhaps explains why Gerrard is keeping him in the starting line-up at the moment. However, it may be difficult for him to earn another starting spot off the back of his latest showing.
With just over half of the season left, there’s still time for Zungu to defy his critics, but he needs to get his act together sooner rather than later.