'Bongani Zungu is already gone'

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Bongani Zungu's time at Rangers has come to an end, according to the views of former Aberdeen striker Noel Whelan.

Zungu, who is on loan at Rangers from Ligue 2 side Amiens, was removed from the first-team squad last week after being named as one of five players who had breached Covid-19 protocols by attending a house party

The Bafana Bafana international is currently self-isolating following his indiscretions, having previously struggled to make an impact on the pitch, question marks have been raised regarding his long term future at the club.

Rangers reportedly hold an option to sign Zungu on a permanent deal for €2.7 million (R48 million) but that eventuality looks unlikely, with manager Steven Gerrard hinting as much during a recent press conference.

READ: Gerrard drops hint on Zungu future

Whelan has now also thrown his voice into the mix after claiming that the former Mamelodi Sundowns star has lost Gerrard's trust and that his time at the Ibrox Stadium had already come to an end.

"He’s already gone, absolutely gone – there’s no way you’re going to be signing a player like that if you can’t trust them," the former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker told Football Insider.

"The biggest word in everyone, in any manager, is can I trust my players on the pitch? Can I trust them off the pitch? Can I trust them to be the right character that needs to be embedded into this football club? The straight answer there is absolutely not."

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