Rangers star Bongani Zungu’s Rangers career may only look slightly less dead in the water than it did yesterday after the midfielder apologised for a high-profile Covid-19 breach.
The eldest of those involved – by a seven-year margin – alongside fellow breachers Nathan Patterson and Calvin Bassey the South African international showed genuine remorse in an apology to the club’s supporters for attending a house party.
“I’d like to apologise to the Rangers fans,” said Zungu [RangersTV].
“It’s been a great season so far for the club and my message is I’d like to apologise and hope the fans can continue to support us and we can put this behind us and focus on the future.”
The worst is yet to come in terms of footballing bans – God knows at a time when Rangers would’ve probably used them – and Zungu is going to have a tiny window to win an Ibrox contract.
On-loan from Ligue 1 Amiens, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has previously all but confirmed Zungu’s exit come the summer.
When asked if Zungu’s chances of securing a permanent deal were all but gone, he said it was “fair to say” [Goal].
But that was before Zungu was back training – as are Bassey and Patterson – with both Steven Gerrard and Ross Wilson putting their names to an acceptance of their apologies [Rangers].
That would suggest that all three of these players in particular at least have a chance to convince Steven Gerrard that they’re worth his time.
In Zungu’s case, this is a strange notion given he’s only a loan player and given both George Edmundson and Jordan Jones got seven-game bans for their breach earlier in the season.
There is only eight games left of the season – is Zungu going to have the season finale when all the players are blowing from the title celebrations to prove his worth at Ibrox?
Whilst any bans won’t affect games in Europe, the midfielder is unlikely to be trusted should the Gers go deeper in the competition.
So what next for the midfielder? Can he convince not just Gerrard, but Rangers’ moneymen, to fork out for him come the summer?
Does the agreement over his transfer – only actually completed four and a half months ago – have pre-agreed stipulations that could make it difficult for us to wangle our way out of?
Not much is really known about the deal which brings the player to Glasgow, Zungu signing a one year contract extension with the French outfit before he left for Ibrox.
The only information available about the future fee is also from the Daily Record, a newspaper not exactly flavour of the month at Ibrox. That report refers to a £2.7m fee.
Whatever the case, Zungu’s been put up in front of the press for a reason and to me, that would suggest it’s not outwith the realms of possibility that he could achieve the unthinkable and salvage his Ibrox career.
It’s just not very likely.
Here’s how Rangers fans reacted to the three players’ apologies as the club’s fans considered what all three first-teamers had to say.