Steven Gerrard will be delighted that Bongani Zungu is receiving playing time with South Africa ahead of a tough run of fixtures for the Rangers.
The 28-year-old signed for the Gers on 5 October, but due to a mandatory two-week quarantine and his subsequent lack of match fitness, so far, he has only managed a half for his new club.
He impressed with his positivity on the ball and his range of passing against Hamilton, though, and now he’s getting more minutes under his belt in his native South Africa.
Gerrard previously stated that he hoped Zungu would turn out for his country this month, as it would help to get him up to speed for the challenges ahead at club level [Glasgow Times].
Therefore, he’ll have been delighted to see his player make a 25-minute appearance off the bench in a 2-0 win over São Tomé e Príncipe on Friday.
Zungu strutted his stuff against the minnows and scored a header in the closing stages of the game to make the points safe.
pic.twitter.com/znuZZCeyiz Zungu Goal
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There’s every chance that the Bafana Bafana star will start when the two sides meet again on Monday night and it would be beneficial if he was given the chance to complete his first full 90 minutes of the 2020/21 season.
With Ryan Jack and Steven Davis both set to be involved in three matches in less than a week for their respective nations, Zungu will certainly come under consideration for upcoming fixtures against Aberdeen and Benfica.
The Dons have a good record at Ibrox in recent seasons and recently drew with Celtic, while Benfica are a quality outfit who are currently vying with the Gers for the top spot in Europa League Group D.