Bongani Zungu and that loan ‘termination’…

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Rangers' Swiss striker Cedric Itten celebrates with Ranger's South African midfielder Bongani Zungu (R) after scoring their fifth goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32, 2nd leg football match between Rangers and Royal Antwerp at the Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow on February 25, 2021. - Rangers won the game 5-2. (Photo by RUSSELL CHEYNE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by RUSSELL CHEYNE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Earlier we did a piece on an apparent attempt at ‘making things up’ over Alfredo Morelos. Now we know some eagle-eyed punters have given us a bit of stick over our Bongani Zungu story from a week ago, where we told you his loan had been terminated.

We’ve always been honest on this site – if we got something wrong we hold our hands up over it, and we’ll address the Zungu story here.

But bear in mind, you’ll never praise us for the dozens of things we get right. No one will notice the exclusive on Kemar Roofe’s ban, or our story on the Covid Crew or anything else we bring you that’s proven correct.

The ones you’ll notice are the rare mistakes, the honest screw ups, or the stories which ‘changed’.

And that’s ok – it’s the nature of what we do, we protect our sources because that’s what all media groups and sites like ours do.

But we wanted to tackle this Zungu malarkey head on.

Our info was that Zungu’s loan was terminated, following on from Steven Gerrard confirming the South African’s time at Ibrox was effectively up.

One of two things happened here:

1: We got false info. If that’s the case, our mistake, hands held up, and lessons learned.
Or
2: Something changed.

Truth is we’re actually leaning towards number two, and you know why?

Steven Gerrard basically announced Zungu’s departure in all but words a week or two ago. The guy was done. On top of being a failure of a player at Ibrox, the Covid nonsense put paid to his credibility and the loan was a flop.

But something then happened which changed the climate – Ryan Jack was lost to injury…

Suddenly Rangers were down a midfielder, with just Davis and Kamara left.

And it’s quite possible at this point the decision to ditch Zungu was reversed because we needed the body.

Bear in mind, we lost Roofe and Tavernier too, and did you notice a certain reprieve too for a certain young Nathan Patterson?

Injuries, especially unexpected ones, change thinking – you cannot plan for them, and you can’t predict them.

Both Patterson and Zungu got a second chance, but of course it would have looked weird to only allow them back in, so all of the Covid Crew were given a second chance.

BUT! Of course it remains possible our info was just wrong.

Either way, we still can’t see Zungu being made permanent…

3 COMMENTS

  1. No grief from me guys , I heard also he was done and gone from a guy I know close to the Gers he pretty much said the same. I hope it is a stop gap till the end of the season for Jack and we get a proper new player.

  2. I can see someone considering whether Zungu has a future at Rangers. He has ability, is careful with the ball and can make passes. Unfortunately for me he lacks the dynamism required for a Rangers team that want to play on the front foot at pace. Had he been available for free some consideration wouldn’t seem unreasonable but paying any kind of fee, especially close to £3m, is surely out of the question.

  3. U guys are Cray Cray after the damagess he’s we took on the first leg of Antwerp things changed dramatically.before the game u guys were bang on. After its guess work and best estimates. Keep it up

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