Rangers signing Bongani Zungu has admitted that the prospect of playing for the Light Blues in the Europa League is “very exciting” for him after completing a season-long loan move to Ibrox – and it shows just how important European football is for the Gers.
Zungu’s signing ended one of the summer’s longest-running transfer sagas as Steven Gerrard finally got the midfielder he has craved ahead of a third successive season in the Europa League group stages.
The Gers have already banked over £4million in prize money from this season’s competition and the South African international is looking forward to getting started at Ibrox ahead of facing Standard Liege, Lech Poznan and Benfica in the Europa League.
“I have studied the squad and feel I can come in and bring my attributes to help the team improve,” Zungu told Rangers TV. “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.
“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.”
The midfielder could make his Gers debut in the upcoming Old Firm clash ahead of the Gers kicking off their Europa League group stage campaign five days later on October 22.
While the financial aspect of taking part in the Europa League speaks for itself – particularly in the midst of Coronavirus – giving players the platform to compete in European football can be a big draw for Rangers.
With the Gers helping to secure two places in the Champions League qualifiers from next season and on the brink of an automatic Champions League group spot from 2022/23, it could be even more attractive to prospective signings.