Gerrard's Zungu decision explained

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard's decision not to hand Bongani Zungu his debut in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday has been explained.

After being unveiled by the club earlier in the week, Zungu was named on the substitutes' bench for Rangers' Europa League clash against Lech Poznan, but played no part in the tie as the Scottish giants battled to a 1-0 win.

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The Bafana Bafana star's lack of involvement comes as no surprise, however, after Gerrard confirmed during his press match press conference that it was unlikely the Bafana Bafana star would play any part encounter.

"I think the key with Bongani now is he needs as much training as possible with the group," Gerrard said prior to the match, per Glasgow Live.

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"He hasn't trained with a group for quite some time and he hasn't played many games if you're looking at the previous months gone by. We've registered him [for the Europa League] because we want him fit, available and sharp as quick as we can.

"We've got him in the squad [for Thursday's match] just because we have the luxury of naming 12 subs, otherwise it would have come too soon.

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"The game will dictate who I use, how I use and when I use. If the game allows he could maybe be introduced for a short time. We'll have to see how the game pans out.

"We want him out there on a Rangers pitch as soon as we can but he does need time to get up to speed. We don't expect to see the best out of Bongani for another couple of weeks because he needs game time."

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