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Rangers: Ryan Jack and Joe Aribo’s injuries could be a blessing in diguise for Bongani Zungu

Benfica came from behind to stun Glasgow Rangers as Steven Gerrard’s side threw away a two-goal lead in the Europa League once again on Thursday night.

The 54-time Scottish champions suffered a lapse in concentration as the Portuguese giants punished them with a second late comeback to draw 2-2 at Ibrox, although Rangers are still in a good position to qualify for the knockout stages, as they are currently tied top of the table on 8 points apiece.

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Gerrard’s side will want to get back to winning ways when they travel to Falkirk Stadium for Sunday’s trip to take on the Bairns in the Betfred Cup.

However, it’s likely they will have to do so without Ryan Jack, who has been ruled out due to injury, whilst Joe Aribo remains a doubt after he missed the game against Benfica with a stomach bug.

Speaking at the pre-match press conference, Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister said: “[Bongani] Zungu will train today, Joe Aribo is better today and hopeful he arrives back into training tomorrow. Ryan Jack won’t be around for the weekend.”

Bongani Zungu has missed the Gers’ last two games against Aberdeen and Benfica with a knee injury but he may be pushing for a start as the Scottish Cup tie could come a touch too early for Aribo, as bringing in the fit-again midfielder alongside the in-form Glen Kamara and Scott Arfield makes most sense.

With Aribo and Jack both expected to be unavailable for selection, asking Steven Davis to play his second game in a row may be a step too far, which means that Gerrard may be short of options in the midfield to face Falkirk.

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The Gers signed Zungu on an initial loan deal from French Ligue 2 side Amiens on transfer deadline day until the end of the season with the option to buy.

But the South Africa international has only made one appearance so far this season, having made his first-team debut in a 8-0 victory over Hamilton Academical at Ibrox before the international break.

With an eye on the game against Standard Liege in the Europa League next week, the Ibrox boss could focus on executing a tactical change that is relatively low-risk but could have a high reward at the weekend.

Vitoria de Guimaraes Flavio Meireles once lauded the £1.4m-rated South African powerhouse as a “special talent”, whilst Amiens sporting director John Williams insisted “he can do everything.”

What better way for Zungu to show what he can do against the Scottish League One league leaders?

AND in other news, Ross Wilson can’t afford to sell resurgent Rangers captain James Tavernier in January

Article title: Rangers: Ryan Jack and Joe Aribo’s injuries could be a blessing in diguise for Bongani Zungu

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