We wanted a dominant midfielder with the right profile – Gerrard  

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After finally completing the signing of former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Bongani Zungu, Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard spoke about his new acquisition expressing his happiness at finally bringing in the midfielder from SC Amiens in France.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Gerrard explained that Zungu was a player who fitted their ambitions and plans for the season.

“Bongani fits the profile of a player that adds further strength and depth to our midfield. We made it clear that we wanted a player who would enhance our squad and starting XI. We believe Bongani does this,” explained Gerrard.

“We wanted a dominant midfielder with the right profile who can enhance the team and compliment other players we have. We have monitored this situation all summer and now feel it’s the right time,” he continued.

With the signing of the Bafana Bafana midfielder, Gerrard believes Rangers are now ready to compete for the title and all other domestic trophies.

“Our board have been very supportive throughout the window with seven new signings. We believe we have a squad in place that will compete in all competitions, both domestically and in Europe. This is a pleasing transfer for us and we look forward to Bongani joining up with the squad,” the manager concluded.

It had been weeks of speculation and talks before the move was completed, in fact, many reports in Scotland had suggested that the move had hit a major snag after fake reports came out claiming Zungu had failed a medical at Rangers because of his weight.

Zungu had even begun playing for Amiens in Ligue 2 with the 2020/21 season kicking off a few weeks ago.

Since his arrival at SC Amiens back in 2017, the 27-year-old featured in a total of 52 games for the club scoring two goals against FC Nantes and FC Metz in Ligue 1.

This season he had just returned to the squad after weeks of being frozen out by former Amiens coach, Luka Elsner.

Zungu only featured in two matches with his first appearances coming against Pau in a 0-0 draw two weeks ago and a 1-0 defeat this past Saturday at Caen.

The midfielder is still in France but is expected to join his new teammates in France soon as he begins his new journey. Should Zungu’s paperwork be in order he can make his debut in the ‘old firm’ derby against Glasgow Celtic on the 17th of this month.

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