New January Rangers signing Mateusz Zukowski was singled out for praise by manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst after making an impressive debut in the 3-0 win over Annan Athletic.
The Polish U21 international right-back, 20, was signed on deadline day to replace the outgoing Nathan Patterson, who broke Rangers records by moving to Everton in a deal that could reach £16m.
Signing Mateusz Zukowski from Lechia Gdansk, Ross Wilson heralded the Rangers scouting team and for all intents and purposes this appears a cost-effective and solid deal for the club.
With his contract expiring come the end of the season in Poland, Rangers managed to secure the player on a reduced fee and now he will provide competition to James Tavernier in the first team.
Mateusz Zukowski praised by Rangers boss van Bronckhorst
Rangers fans got their first glimpse of the right-back against the League Two outfit and Zukowski could’ve had two assists had it not been for some abject finishing from his teammates.
Speaking after the game, Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst praised both Zukowski and fellow debutant Charlie McCann for their contributions.
“I was really please for the debut of Charlie McCann and also for the debut of Mateusz,” said van Bronckhorst [Rangers].
“He did really well. Mateusz came in and did a really good job, you could see his potential and why we bought him so really pleased for his performance.
Speaking to Premier Sports after the match, Gio also said:
“I think Mateusz had a good debut as well so all in all it’s been a good day.”
Rangers now go into the sixth round of the Scottish Cup and will be hoping to end a 13-year drought in the competition, with the Gers last lifting the trophy in 2009.