Gerrard: Why we signed Zungu

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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard believes Bongani Zungu will bring midfield 'dominance' to his side in the Scottish Premier League and UEFA Europa League this season.

Zungu, 27, completed his season-long loan deal from Amiens on transfer deadline day with the 41-time SPL champions holding the option to make the deal permanent at the end of the campaign.

After a long protracted transfer saga that began in early July, the club's sporting director Ross Wilson admitted his lockdown period in Mzansi prevented the move from materialising earlier.

But after Gerrard persistence to land the former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder, the Liverpool legend revelled in their acquisition, as a player who will bring immediate quality to their starting line-up.

"Bongani fits the profile of player that adds further strength and depth to our midfield. We made it clear that we wanted a player who will enhance our squad and starting XI. We believe Bongani does this," Gerrard told the club's website.

"We wanted a dominant midfielder with the right profile who can enhance the team and complement other players we have. We have monitored this situation all summer and now feel it’s the right time.

"Our board have been very supportive throughout the window with seven new signings. We believe we have a squad in place that will compete in all competitions, both domestically and in Europe. This is a pleasing transfer for us and we look forward to Bongani joining up with the squad."

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