Bafana Bafana midfielder Bongani Zungu has opened up about his time at Scottish giants Glasgow Rangers since joining them on loan from French Ligue 2 side Amiens SC.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns anchor has been gradually adapting to life in the Scottish Premiership and he is still in search of his first league start at the club although he has started in both the Scottish League Cup and UEFA Europa League for Gerrard’s side.
Zungu made his first start in the League Cup against Falkirk and later his debut in Europe in a last group game against Lech Poznan in early December.
Steven Gerrard has explained that the 28-year-old is an important part of the team, but needs to be introduced to the set-up slowly, something the midfielder feels is also crucial.
“It has been awesome. I have been lucky to come to a team that has a lot of good guys in the dressing room. They have welcomed me and the coaching staff have also in terms of what is expected of me on the pitch,” he told Glasgow Times.
“Everything has been good so far. There are a number of guys who have helped me a lot. The skipper, from the first day I came, he sent me a message and then I got here guys like Glen Kamara, Joe Aribo, Connor Goldson and Jermain Defoe have all really helped me.”
Rangers is still undefeated in the league this season mostly due to the coach’s consistent style of play and the former Vitoria Guimaraes midfielder feels he is lucky to be part of such a team.
“For me, instead of looking at it as competition, I am really excited as when I get a chance, I have a lot of quality around me. That helps with my confidence. Those things take time and hard work, but the gaffer has shown me a lot of video clips and has been telling me what is expected of me,” he added.
“Of course, I am playing for a team that has a lot of attacks, but part of my job is to be the security behind the guys when we lose the ball. I am slowly but surely gaining my confidence and getting my form back,” he said.
“It has been clear from the first day what they really want from me and they are really helping me in training. I ask a lot of questions to know and to grow as a player,” concluded Zungu.
Happy days have returned at ‘Ibrox’ as Rangers are also through to the knockout round of the UEFA Europa League after topping Group D ahead of the likes of SL Benfica and Standard Liege. In the league the ‘Gers’ are also sitting comfortably with a 12-point gap between them and their rivals Glasgow Celtic.
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