Sport Steven Gerrard reveals Bongani Zungu's home workout routine as Rangers midfielder joins training
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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.
Rangers have had to wait to link up with new midfielder Bongani Zungu – but the South African international finally made his bow on the training ground this morning.
The Bafana Bafana star had to wait through a fortnight of quarantine following his loan move to from French side Amiens on transfer deadline day.
But Steven Gerrard spoke of his delight at having the midfielder available at last – and how he had been keeping fit while staying safe indoors.
The Rangers boss said: "It has been a long two weeks for him in quarantine on his own in the flat in Glasgow.
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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.
"He is desperate to be involved. He trained for the first time today, which was fantastic.
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"We managed to get a running machine and a bike and some dumbbells to his apartment so he's been ticking over and doing a certain level of training but he will feel it today because the tempo was high.
"It is very exciting to have him available. He is happy, smiling and great to have him finally with us."
Rangers detailed the midfielder’s first day on social media – to the delight of many fans in his home country who have begun following the Ibrox club online in their droves after the transfer on October 5.
Zungu is included in Steven Gerrard’s Europa League squad so is eligible to be involved against Lech Poznan tomorrow night, but his lack of training and long wait to join his team-mates may make an early introduction to Ibrox unlikely.
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