STEVEN GERRARD was delighted to welcome recent signing Bongani Zungu to the Rangers Training Centre this morning.
The South African midfielder has had to wait patiently for an opportunity to meet his new teammates and take part in his first training session.
After a two-week period in quarantine, the 28-year-old was able to do that today and Gerrard was thrilled to see him in action ahead of Thursday night’s big Europa League Group D match against Lech Poznan at Ibrox.
Zungu is in the squad for the matchday two fixture, giving the Rangers manager another option for the engine room of his team.
Gerrard said: "I'm very excited to have him available. I think it has been a long two weeks for him in quarantine alone in a flat in Glasgow. He’s desperate to be involved so I'm sure it has been a long two weeks for the player himself.
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“He trained for the first time today, which was fantastic. We managed to get a running machine and a bike and some dumbbells to his apartment, so he has been ticking over and doing a certain level of training.
Lech lost their opening group game against Benfica 4-2 at home but before the hour mark the score was level at 2-2 before the visitors added a third goal and then a fourth deep in injury time.
Gerrard has watched this match and was impressed with the team his players will face tomorrow.
He said: “I watched that game extremely closely and both teams, but obviously at the moment my focus is mainly on Lech Poznan.
“You had two excellent sides on show, but looking at what type of game plan I'm going to be looking for tomorrow, it's very important that we stop counter attacks, that we are really organised and we have got a real good shape about us.
“If there is any space or we don’t defend properly and we are not aggressive out of possession, they are a team that can certainly hurt you."
Rangers will be looking to continue their hugely impressive 16-game unbeaten run this season when they face Dariusz Zuraw’s side and Gerrard is confident his players will again rise to another tricky challenge.
He added: "We just take each game as it comes. I don’t think it is realistic to expect us to go and win every game, but we're playing well, we're in a good level and confidence is high and belief is high.
“It's about moving on from a positive win at the weekend against Livingston and facing this challenge in isolation. It will be a tough game but a game we are certainly looking forward to. It's coming at a good time because of the place we are in."
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