Rangers interested in signing 27-year-old African star – The right choice to add depth to midfield?


Why Bongani Zungu would be a fantastic fit at Rangers

As per reports in France (h/t Glasgow Live), Rangers are interested in signing SC Amiens midfielder Bongani Zungu in the summer.

Zungu, 27, came through the ranks of Dynamos FC in South Africa and played for the University of Pretoria and Mamelodi Sundowns before moving to Portugal. He joined Vittoria Guimaraes’ B side in the summer of 2016 and represented the club with the senior team on 27 occasions.

His impressive performances earned him a move to France with SC Amiens in August 2017 and since then, he has been a regular member of the French outfit. He has also been a regular for the national side and has already made 24 appearances for South Africa. The report suggests that La Liga side Real Mallorca are also interested in signing him.

Bongani Zungu joined Amiens in August 2017 (Getty Images)
Bongani Zungu joined Amiens in August 2017 (Getty Images)

The Gers have failed to lift a trophy in the last two seasons under Steve Gerrard. Despite starting the campaign on a high note, they fell 13 points behind rivals Celtic, who went on to win the Premiership title for the 9th time in a row.

However, with the Scottish league season done and dusted, the manager should focus on building a formidable squad ahead of next season. Having made two quick signings in the form of Ianis Hagi and Calvin Bassey, Rangers need to bring in reinforcements to other key areas as well.

Zungu could provide depth in Rangers’ midfield

One key area the manager needs to strengthen is the defensive midfield position. Though the Gers have a plethora of attack-minded midfielders in the ranks, Glen Kamara would be the only option available in the deep-lying role after Andy Halliday leaves when his contract comes to an end in the summer.

Finnish international Kamara has done a decent job so far, featuring in 39 games across all competitions this season but has done it without a proper backup. Halliday was rarely used by the manager. Thus, a defensive midfielder is a must in the summer.

Bongani Zungu (R) in action against AS Monaco in Ligue 1 (Getty Images)
Bongani Zungu (R) in action against AS Monaco in Ligue 1 (Getty Images)

In that regard, signing Zungu would be a good move by the club. The South African international has been brilliant despite his club’s abysmal performance. His inclusion to Gerrard’s squad would bring healthy competition, whilst also adding depth to the squad.

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At 27, he is at the right time to take his career to the next level. At the same time, with Halliday looking set to leave, Rangers’ numbers in the midfield would be reduced. Thus, they should make a move for Zungu in the summer and manage to lure him to Ibrox at the earliest.