‘I grew up watching him’: Rangers midfielder excited to play under Steven Gerrard

Pete Lynch October 28, 2020
‘I grew up watching him’: Rangers midfielder excited to play under Steven Gerrard
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Rangers midfielder Bongani Zungu says he grew up watching his new manager Steven Gerrard and expressed his excitement at getting to work with the Liverpool legend.

In an interview with Rangers TV, the South African also revealed his excitement to play in front of a full Ibrox in the future.

Zungu joined the Glasgow side from French outfit Amiens last month. However, he has been forced to wait for his first taste of action because of mandatory quarantine measures.

The 28-year-old couldn’t train for 14 days after arriving in Scotland. Now, however, he should be available for Thursday’s Europa League meeting with Lech Poznan.

“When I was young in South Africa growing up my dad used to speak to me and my brothers about the club,” said Zungu.

“I had an idea about the club and I knew about Rangers. And when I knew the team was interested I did my research and realised it’s a huge club so I know quite a few things.

“I grew up watching the gaffer and I’m very excited to work with him. I know he’s going to help my game and help me grow and improve my skills and hopefully help the team succeed.”

‘One thing stands out’

Current restrictions regarding the coronavirus pandemic mean no supporters will be able to watch their new player in action for some time. But it’s a sight Zungu can’t wait to witness.

“I had a talk with a few players here and one thing stands out for them,” he added. “They say it’s a pity I came when there are restrictions. 

“Everybody is talking about the ambience and how the stadium is when there are fans. I’m looking forward to experiencing that myself.”

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Freelance sports journalist from Derry/Londonderry with experience at Sky Sports News and the International University Sports Federation. Huge Liverpool and Northern Ireland fan.