Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has expressed his delight at new signing and South African international Bongani Zungu who joins on a deadline day loan-to-buy deal.

The Ibrox manager has been desperate to secure a deal for a midfielder throughout the transfer window with interest in Zungu reportedly stretching back to July.

But after finally getting his man, do the Ibrox gaffer’s comments drop a major hint about how he plans to use the 27-year-old midfielder?

“Bongani fits the profile of player that adds further strength and depth to our midfield,” said Gerrard [Rangers].

“We made it clear that we wanted a player who will enhance our squad and starting XI. We believe Bongani does this.

“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.

“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.”

This would suggest that Rangers have signed Zungu to be a powerful, controlling presence in the Ibrox midfield who can link well with the players already at the club.

Gerrard’s comments would also suggest that Zungu has been thoroughly scouted and that Rangers are convinced he is the man to plug the midfield gap.

Zungu joins from Ligue 2 side Amiens following their relegation to the French second tier. (Photo by VALERY HACHE / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP via Getty Images)

This is something which is echoed by Zungu himself, who believes he has the attributes to improve the team.

“I have studied the squad and feel I can come in and bring my attributes to help the team improve,” said Zungu.

“The chance to play for such a big club especially in European competitions is very exciting for me.

“I can’t wait to fly to Scotland and meet my new team mates. I know that I will settle in Glasgow and am looking forward to getting started as soon as possible.

New Rangers signing Bongani Zungu had 29 caps and four goals for the South African national team. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP) (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images)

“I really want the fans to be proud of my performances and will always give 100 per-cent for my new team.

“Rangers is a global club and I know there are already many supporters across Africa. I am looking forward to playing in front of a big crowd and audiences across the world.”

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