Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard can’t keep Bongani Zungu contained any longer and must unleash the South African midfielder in the Scottish Premiership clash with Aberdeen at the weekend, at the expense of Steven Davis.
According to The BBC, the Northern Ireland captain pulled out of Wednesday’s game against Romania for personal reasons earlier this week.
Davis has been an integral part of Gerrard’s side so far this season, having made eleven appearances in the Premiership at the time of writing. Whether or not he will be back in time for their first fixture after the international break, who knows, but this has surely presented Gerrard with the perfect opportunity to give Zungu the time to shine.
It’s since been revealed that the South African is a doubt for the weekend’s meeting at the Govan stadium as he sustained a minor knock whilst away on international duty. However, Gerrard is hopeful that the blow is not too serious and will wait for further assessment before deciding on his involvement ahead of Sunday’s clash against Aberdeen.
Zungu’s brief cameo in Rangers’ 8-0 thrashing of Hamilton Academical has rightly left the right impression on Gerrard, as Ross Wilson’s summer recruit has shown precisely why the Ibrox boss spent the majority of the summer chasing his signature.
The centre-midfielder, who can play in an attacking or defensive role, made a positive start to his life at Ibrox, as he delivered an “impressive” showing with his aggressive style of play and range of passing against the Accies before the international break, spraying passes left, right and centre with a workmanlike performance.
Per SofaScore, Gerrard handed the 28-year-old his first-team debut in the second half, where he made 35 out of 38 passes (92%), took 40 touches of the ball, and completed 3 out of 4 long balls as Rangers ran riot over Hamilton.
He followed this up with another fine performance with the Bafana-Bafana in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying round, scoring the second goal of the game against Sao Tome and Principe with a well-timed header from Keagan Dolly’s corner kick last week.
It wasn’t only his goal that caught the eye either as he pulled the strings from the midfield, which is precisely what Davis has done so far this season.
No doubt Gerrard will be keen to reward the £1.44m-rated colossus with his first start for the club against Aberdeen this weekend and it’s about time he unleashed the summer signing as he has only played 142′ minutes of football so far.