Noel Whelan claims Bongani Zungu is a “very shrewd signing” by Rangers after the club confirmed the signing of the midfielder on deadline-day.

The former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested that the arrival of the 27-year-old was “vital” to provide cover in the heart of the midfield.

The Gers confirmed the capture of the South Africa international on Monday on a season-long loan deal from French side Amiens.

Football Insider revealed yesterday that the Glasgow giants expect to secure the centre-midfielder’s services on a permanent basis in January on a pre-contract agreement.

Zungu made 24 appearances for Amiens last season, establishing himself as a mainstay in the side in the second half of the campaign.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the Gers’ latest recruit, Whelan said: “I think it was a necessary signing.

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“You cannot have enough strength in depth in that central area. Steven Gerrard knows more than anyone else that control comes from the heart of the midfield, it is so important.

“It is vital to have strength in depth in that position for what is going to be a demanding season. There has already been injuries and there will be more injuries and suspensions to deal with so they need back up.

“A really shrewd signing by Rangers. He will add quality to their midfield.

“They’ve done some great business this summer and it was needed if they had any aspirations of competing against Celtic. They needed players in while also keeping their quality players.”

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