Rangers senior man welcomes Zungu to Ibrox amid unique transfer circumstances
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Ross Wilson excited to welcome Zungu to Rangers

Rangers’ Sporting Director, Ross Wilson, has welcomed new signing Bongani Zungu to Ibrox after securing the South African international on a season-long loan – and admitted he would likely have been a Rangers player earlier but for lockdown restrictions in his homeland.

The midfielder has been linked with a move to Ibrox all summer and finally completed his move just two hours before the transfer window closed, and Wilson is excited by the 27-year-old’s arrival in Scotland.

Th 29-times capped star could make his move permanent next summer after the Light Blues negotiated an option to convert his loan amid the ongoing financial impact of Coronavirus, something Wilson confessed has made this transfer window unlike any other.

“Bongani is a player whose situation we have monitored throughout the window,” Wilson said, speaking to Rangers TV. “We are excited to have him join Rangers.

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“Following a difficult and prolonged period of lockdown in South Africa, it would have been hard for him to have joined us at an earlier stage of the window. However, we have kept an open and positive dialogue with Bongani and Amiens, and the structure of this agreement works well for all parties.

“The financial impact of coronavirus is being felt by all clubs in a market that has been like no other that I’ve ever experienced.

“We are pleased with the work we have done during the window across the squad and despite the clear challenges brought by the virus, our board have been keen to continue to invest in the development of the squad and the club.”

Zungu isn’t with the South Africa squad to face Namibia and Zambia over the coming week and could be in line for a stunning debut in the Old Firm clash at Parkhead on October 17.

Gerrard hasn’t hidden his desire to sign a midfielder this summer so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the South African rushed into the side but he is more likely to start on the bench in the east end.

His signing makes him the eight of the summer, joining Jermain Defoe, Ianis Hagi, Leon Balogun, Calvin Bassey, Kemar Roofe, Cedric Itten and Jon McLaughlin.

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