Glasgow Rangers icon Barry Ferguson has waxed lyrical about Ibrox summer signing Bongani Zungu in his latest Daily Record column.
Zungu joined Rangers in October on a season-long loan deal from French club Amiens, and have the option to make the 28-year-old’s deal permanent next summer for a reported £2.7million.
The South Africa international has made five appearances for Steven Gerrard’s side so far, and got his second start for the Light Blues in Thursday night’s Europa League trip to Lech Poznan.
Zungu began slowly, making a sloppy pass early on and also earning a booking in the seventh minute, but did well for the rest of the game, tidying up most signs of danger and making some nice touches.
“Zungu looks the part,” Ferguson wrote in the Daily Record. “It was difficult for him because he got booked so early and that took a bit of zapp out his game.
“But he looks tidy. I see him sitting in there and keeping the game ticking over much like Steven Davis. It’s just a question of whether he can break into an area of the team that’s so strong.”
Rangers were very much in need of a solid number six, an enforcer who can protect the defence and add some steel at the base of midfield.
A defensively-minded midfielder with quick feet and composure in tight areas, along with an impressive ability to hit accurate, long passes, Zungu has drawn comparisons with Yaya Toure and Paul Pogba (Soccer Laduma).
Admittedly, with the strength in depth within the Gers midfield, it’ll be tricky for him to get regular starts, but with fixtures set to come thick and fast, he’s bound to get his chance soon, and he’s definitely done well so far.