Rangers have been credited with an interest in Manchester United midfielder James Garner recently, and if he were to make the move to Steven Gerrard’s side this summer, it would surely be bad news for Bongani Zungu’s future at Ibrox.
According to Garner’s agent Steven Beck, Rangers are one of several clubs who are keen on the 20-year-old ahead of next season, having also attempted to sign him during the January transfer window.
The youngster has earned a lot of praise during his time at Old Trafford, with teammate Fred particularly complimentary of him last year, saying: “He is a player who has an impressive vision of the game, has a huge future for United.”
He instead joined Nottingham Forest on loan, where his impressive performances so far this year have helped Chris Hughton’s side move well away from the relegation places.
The United academy graduate has made 14 appearances for Forest since joining in the winter transfer window and has been excellent at the City Ground, contributing three goals and averaging an impressive 7.04 WhoScored rating for his performances.
This comfortably ranks him as Forest’s best performer in the Championship so far this season, so it is clear to see the influence he has had at the club and why he is attracting a lot of interest ahead of next term.
If he were to make the move to Ibrox in the summer, whether it be on a loan or permanent deal, it would all but confirm that Zungu won’t be making his loan switch a permanent one.
Although the 28-year-old has featured regularly from the bench, his recent ban from the Scottish FA as a result of him breaking lockdown restrictions means that it is unlikely he will be seen in a Rangers shirt again this season, unless the ban is overturned or reduced.
Considering that both Zungu and Garner play in a defensive midfield role, it is difficult to see where the former would fit in at Ibrox next season, as he is already behind the likes of Steven Davis, Glen Kamara and Ryan Jack in the pecking order in Gerrard’s squad.
Therefore, the potential added competition of Garner would surely mean that any chance of Rangers signing the 28-year-old permanently would be completely diminished.
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