“Once a Bear always a Bear” but Bizarre transfer saga at Ibrox is finally over

“Once a Bear always a Bear” but Bizarre transfer saga at Ibrox is finally over
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)

The confirmation of Bongani Zungu’s exit today brought to an end easily the strangest transfer saga under Steven Gerrard.

From the very beginning fans could barely see why we were interested in such a random player, and while, like all fan sites, Ibrox Noise tried to make the best of the signing by regaling the midfielder’s attributes, we couldn’t fathom a single reason we’d brought the lad here.

And while that debut v Hamilton when Rice’s men were already completely gubbed and he had half an hour to make passes was decent, it was the only time he was.

He was completely the wrong signing, someone who didn’t fit Scottish football at all, and a demonstration on why the scouting at Ibrox, while MUCH better than it used to be, and clearly a big part of 55, sometimes gets it wrong.

It’s why us supporters and fansites are indeed allowed to question signings and suggest we actually know better, because occasionally we do.

Naturally as a Bear we will get behind these players, supporting our own, but sometimes an acquisition is just a dud and it’s patently obvious.

However, in praise of the management team they made sure it was a loan, so if it didn’t work out he could go back.

That was smart, and we applauded the ‘try before you buy’ nature of that when we brought him in.

But equally we say thank you to him for that night in Praha, where he truly graced our shirt and was a true blue in defending the club and making a right big deal of it.

And we also criticise his stupidity in the Covid scandal.

So ultimately bad signing, with one saving grace.

Good luck Bongani, wherever your career goes now.

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