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Bongani Zungu believes that he missed out on a permanent switch to Scottish Premiership champions Rangers because his £2.5 million price-tag was ‘too expensive’, speaking to Soccer Laduma. 

Speaking to The Athletic 12 months ago, Amiens’ sporting director John Williams claimed that Rangers had signed a player ‘much more technical’ than a certain Tanguy Ndombele. 

Now, Ndombele has not exactly set the world alight since joining Tottenham Hotspur for a club-record fee of £53 million.

But, when fit and focused, few other players in Antonio Conte’s squad are capable of changing a game with one swish of their boot, one defence-splitting through-ball, one mazy, mesmerising dribble. 

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Williams’ bold claim, then, certainly whetted the appetite ahead of Zungu’s emergence as a future Rangers star. An emergence that, looking back, never really happened.

Why did things go wrong for Bongani Zungu at Rangers?

The 29-year-old South Africa international made a grand total of 12 Premiership appearances as Rangers stormed to their first domestic title in a decade, shunted to the sidelines by the form of Glen Kamara, Joe Aribo, Scott Arifled and Steven Davis.

And, in what was his only league start under Steven Gerrard, he failed to leave his mark on proceedings during a 1-1 draw with Hamilton, criticised by former Gers ace Neil McCann for his ‘slack’ passing and ‘poor distribution’ (BBC).

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It was no real surprise, then, when Rangers opted against triggering the £2.5 million release clause in Zungu’s contract. 

“My experience there wasn’t great on the pitch, yes, but the team was winning and I had to understand that Steven Gerrard can’t just change the winning formula,” Zungu admits.  

“Rangers paid a loan fee, obviously, which showed the coach was really interested. But to make it permanent became too expensive.” 

Now back in France with Amiens, Zungu’s very own annus horribilis is going from bad to worse.

He has not kicked a ball in anger all season long with Amiens coach Philippe Hinschberger claiming that he ‘does not have the physique of a professional footballer’ (Daily Record).

Just like Ndombele, it seems Zungu has a battle on his hands as he looks to prove his worth to a disciplinarian manager.

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