Under-fire Rangers star Bongani Zungu has played his final game for the Gers as the South African international prepares to return to Ligue 2 Amiens.

The midfielder, 28, joined the Gers in October after signing a one-year contract extension in France in order to facilitate the season-long loan deal.

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Under-fire Rangers star Bongani Zungu will return to Amiens ahead of next season, the French club’s manager has confirmed. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers were said to be mulling over a move for the midfielder with the club having an option to stump up a reported £2.7m to make the deal permanent [Daily Record].

However, Zungu has struggled to make an impression in Glasgow, and Amiens manager Oswald Tanchot has now confirmed the player will be returning to Northern France next season.

“This season we have used 40 players which is far, far too much. It’s hard to create anything with that turnaround,” said Tanchot [Glasgow Times].

“For next season, we won’t have the services of loan players Molla Wague and Racine Coly who will return to their parent club.

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“But we will have Bongani Zungu back, who has a year left of his contract with us.”

The news will come as no surprise to Rangers fans who have been bitterly disappointed with the contribution of the midfielder since joining the club.

 

Zungu might’ve turned out a total of 20 times for Rangers this season but only four of those have been from the start.

The Bafana Bafana star impressed in one of those starts – the 2-0 Europa League win away to Lech Poznan – but in the other matches games appeared to pass him by.

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Zungu showed flashes of what he’s capable of at Ibrox but his time at the club was defined by the Covid-19 breach which almost symbolises how he approached his time in Glasgow. (Photo by PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images)

Not only that but Zungu started two of the biggest domestic disappointments this season – the 3-2 League Cup defeat to St Mirren and 1-1 Scottish Premiership draw with Hamilton.

The other game was a 4-0 League Cup win over Falkirk with the rest of Zungu’s appearances largely being late cameos from the bench.

The midfielder’s time at the club was also destined to be cut short after a high-profile Covid-19 breach earlier in the season where Zungu was the most senior of five players who breached rules to attend a house party.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard said at the time that it was “fair to say” this was the final nail in Zungu’s coffin but the player continued to turn out for the club from the bench before a subsequent ban cut his season short.

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has opted not to move for Bongani Zungu. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Zungu’s final game for Rangers was in the 2-1 victory over Hibernian where he came off the bench for the final minute of the club’s first fixture after the Scottish Premiership split.

Bongani isn’t the only player whose season was cut short by the SFA bans with another first team star’s Euro dreams now up in the air after an appeal fell flat on its face.

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