Rangers have confirmed the signing of Bongani Zungu on loan, bringing to an end one of the longest-running transfer sagas of 2020 with the Gers having an option to make the deal permanent next summer.
🆕 Welcome to #RangersFC, Bongani Zungu 👋
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) October 5, 2020
The South African star has been at the middle of an on/off transfer epic but has finally put pen-to-paper to join Steven Gerrard’s side with two hours left in the transfer window.
Zungu has been linked with a move for months but things really ramped up in the last 24 hours with various reports claiming a deal was close – although there were numerous different accounts of what the terms of the deal would be.
The 29-times capped midfielder joins Jermain Defoe, Ianis Hagi, Leon Balogun, Calvin Bassey, Kemar Roofe, Cedric Itten and Jon McLaughlin in joining the Light Blues in the extended summer window and finall gives Gerrard the midfielder he has craved for months.
After completing his move to Ibrox, Zungu could now make his Gers debut in the upcoming Old Firm clash at Parkhead on October 17 as Rangers look to extend their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
Zungu has missed much of pre-season, and wasn’t involved in the opening few matches of Amiens’ Ligue 2 campaign but played 82 minutes of their defeat to Caen at the weekend, so any Old Firm debut would be likely to come from the bench.
The 27-year-old isn’t involved with the South Africa squad for the upcoming international friendly matches against Namibia and Zambia in Rustenburg, with the squad mainly comprising youngsters and domestic-based players, most of whom played and qualified for the Tokyo Olympics.