Bongani Zungu (is it Zoongu or Zuhngu) made his debut on Sunday at Ibrox, and while the big South African will have tougher matches than this one, we saw enough in 45 minutes to know this is another outstanding signing who looks like he’s been in this shirt for years.
Playing in the defensive midfield position he’s best known for, the on-loan Amiens man looked energetic, keen to impress, but composed and smooth.
He passed the ball well, used it well, and while he wasn’t called into any of his defensive duties whatsoever, it’s clear Rangers have a seriously good player on our hands here.
You don’t play in Ligue 1 and for your country if you can’t play a bit, and this lad really can – he has a languid chilled out look about him, whereby he doesn’t look hurried and stressed, and it’s been emphasised how hard he’s worked since he came out of isolation to get up to speed and be ready to play.
We knew he’d be on the bench, but it was a 50/50 over his playing, and he proved to everyone he’s ready to give it his all.
True, as we said before, he’ll get tougher challenges than a total demolition of the worst team in the SPL, but despite the speed of the Scottish game, he didn’t look harassed and appeared to be in fact revelling in finally getting to play.
Bear in mind not only did he spend two weeks in isolation, but this transfer has been on off for months, and after sources claim he did fail an initial medical, he’s clearly worked like a dog to get this move and now he’s fit as a fiddle and showing what he can do on the pitch.
It is of course early days but this intense level of quality he’s bringing can only add to the team even more, and while time will truly tell, it’s a good start.
Welcome on board Bongani.