Zungu on first Rangers league start

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Bongani Zungu made his first Scottish Premiership start for Rangers on Sunday during the club's 1-1 draw against Hamilton Academical. 

After featuring from the bench on 11 previous occasions in the league this season, Zungu was handed his first start in the competition since his move from Amiens in October for Rangers' clash against bottom-of-the-log side Hamilton.

The Bafana Bafana star was included in manager Steven Gerrard's run-on XI with regular starters Ryan Jack and Steven Davis rested, and featured for an hour before being replaced by the former with just under an hour of the match played.

In the buildup to the encounter, the former Mamelodi Sundowns star, who has also made three starts across the League Cup and the UEFA Europa League this season, admitted he was excited at the chance to finally make his first start in the league.

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"I’m very excited to start," Zungu told Sky Sports h/t The Scotsman. "The manager saw something different from what the team has when he signed me so it is a chance for me to show my quality... Games are not easy here in Scotland. Every game has challenges. We expect a tough game and respect every opponent."

The 28-year-old's final words proved to be premonitive as Hamilton came away with a share of the points against Gerrard's unbeaten charges, with Ross Callachan's 94th-minute equaliser cancelling out the own goal scored Brian Easton earlier in the second half.

Rangers, who are unbeaten in 28 Premiership matches this season, currently sit atop the league standings with 76 points, 21 clear of nearest rivals Celtic who have played two games fewer.

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