Sport Bongani Zungu fires Steven Gerrard inspired Rangers call to action new boy reveals dad's Ibrox history lessons
Steven Gerrard not focused on who are the Old Firm favourites
The perception has been of a pendulum swinging towards Ibrox. As misfortune mounted for Celtic, Steven Gerrard's Rangers are facing injuries of their own as the two sides prepare for battle.Punters began to pile money on an away win. Bookies responded accordingly. The odds on Steven Gerrard’s side repeating the success of their previous trip to Parkhead on December 29 last year have been trimmed.
Bongani Zungu has mimicked his gaffer's famous "Let's go" catchphrase as he emerges from his two week quarantine.
And the midfielder knows plenty about the club he's joined having been filled in when growing up in South Africa by his football-daft father.
The South African faces a fight to get into the Rangers team given they sit atop the league by six points and are unbeaten in Europe.
There's already intense competition for places with, Glen Kamara and Steven Davis all fighting for two starting spots.
But Zungu is desperate to get stuck into the action and addressed the Rangers fans on social media with a simple video message, inspired by his manager's famous comment after ascending the marble staircase.
Steven Gerrard opens up on Rangers selection headache as he offers tantalising Bongani Zungu hint
The Ibrox boss is delighted with his midfield options after back-to-back wins over Celtic. The Ibrox club beat Celtic 2-0 in the first derby of the season with Glen Kamara, Steven Davis and Scott Arfield dominant in the middle.
The midfielder stated: "Hello everyone, this is, I can't wait to get started. Let's go."
Going into more detail on the club TV channel, the midfielder could barely conceal his delight at making the move to Scotland.
And he dismissed any notion he might take time to get up to speed as he revealed he's been working hard during his 14 days at home and will be fit and ready when the manager calls on him to make an appearance.
Speaking tohe said: "It means a lot to me (to be here). I'm very happy to be here and play for a team with such great history and the most successful team in the world.
"When I was young in South Africa growing up my Dad used to speak to me and my brothers about the club. 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 that it's a huge club so I know quite a few things.
Bongani Zungu: Update on when Rangers will have him in action
South African international midfielder Bongani Zungu will join the Rangers first-team squad for training as they prepare for their Europa League Group D fixture against Lech Poznan at Ibrox on Thursday night. © Bongani Zungu, pictured celebrating a goal for Amiens against Rennes last December, will join the Ra... The 28-year-old is now free of the quarantine period he had to observe following his arrival on a season-long loan from French club Amiens, a deal concluded in the closing hours of the transfer window on October 5.
"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.
"I have been working very hard while I was still in France and we were in talks with the gaffer and the club.
"I got two games with Amiens and then when I got here I had to quarantine.
"The club provided me with the necessary equipment to work from home. I feel good and fit and whenever the gaffer decides to call me to play I feel ready.
"For every player it's good to play amongst quality players and for me it's all about coming to add my qualities.
"Instead of having the mentality of competing I feel very happy and honored to be here and play with quality players.
"Rangers is a massive club and for me to be here I should improve my qualities and it should improve me as a player.
"That will help me get more call ups for the national team and hopefully help the team to reach greater heights."
And the new boy has been blown away with the reception he has already received fromfans, revealing their reaction on social media made him feel at home before a deal had even been agreed.
He said: "I felt at home before I signed. I had a warm welcome. People were flooding my social media and that made me realise this is a massive club and in the back of my mind I was telling myself they were making me want to go here so the warm welcome was good.
"I had a talk with a few players here and one thing that stands out for them. They say it's a pity that I came when there are restrictions. Everybody is talking about the ambiance and how the stadium is when there is fans and I'm looking forward to experiencing that myself."
Rangers 8-0 Hamilton: Leaders smash eight past bottom dwellers .
JOHN MCGARRY AT IBROX STADIUM: Rangers may well go on to win Premiership matches in an easier manner than this. It just might not happen for many decades. What a merciless shellacking of lowly Hamilton this proved to be, a clinical reclaiming of a nine-point advantage at the top of the Premiership that was every bit as one-sided as the scoreline suggests.Eight months on from the night that David Moyo’s goal secured a famous win here from Brian Rice’s men, this was another illustration of the distance subsequently travelled by Steven Gerrard’s men.