'Bongani Zungu is a work in progress'

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Former Rangers boss Alex McLeish has delivered his verdict on Bafana Bafana star Bongani Zungu's time at the Ibrox Stadium.

Zungu has struggled for game time since joining Rangers on loan from Amiens at the start of the season and has managed just four starts in 16 appearances for the campaign, including his first Scottish Premiership start last weekend. 

The former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder was widely criticised following his performance on his maiden run-on in the league but has found sympathy from former Gers boss McLeish, who believes the 28-year-old just needs to find his momentum.

"He’s a work in progress," the 62-year-old told Ibrox News. "He’s come to the British game, he has played for his country and he’s done extremely well in that field, but again, he needs rhythm and momentum.

"Sometimes, the least you’ll see is them running themselves ragged for the whole game, but for these technical players, it can be more difficult for them. It’s a wake-up call for Zungu, when you come in you’ve got to see that game through at a top performance level."

Rangers have the option to sign Zungu permanently at the end of the season for a figure reported to be around £2.7 million (R54 million), although it remains to be seen whether manager Steven Gerrard will elect to do so.

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