'This is not over', says Rangers midfielder Bongani Zungu

Rangers midfielder Bongani Zungu says he and his team-mates have taken a big stride in their pursuit of the Scottish Premiership title, but insists the league race is not over yet.

Celtic's Scott Brown (right) exchanges words with Rangers' Bongani Zungu during a Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium, on January 02, 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group)
Celtic's Scott Brown (right) exchanges words with Rangers' Bongani Zungu during a Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium, on January 02, 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group)

Saturday’s 1-0 win over Celtic in the second Old Firm derby of the season opened up a 19-point chasm at the top of the SPFL table, but although the South African international described the 1-0 win as “a very big win for us”, Rangers will be carrying on as if their advantage didn’t exist.

“This is not over,” insisted the substitute, who replaced Ryan Kent and close out the remaining three minutes of the match. “There is a lot of work still to be done and a lot of games still to be played.”

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Rangers have three matches fewer to play than Celtic over the second half of the season, but even with those games in hand and a potential gain of up to nine points, the Ibrox side still maintain a double-digit advantage over the reigning league champions.

Rangers' Bongani Zungu. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)

However, Steven Gerrard’s side will not be carried away, says Zungu.

“We have told ourselves already that we need to start the New Year as if the league has just started.

“That has to be our starting point and our motivation for the second half of the season.

“In our minds we are back to zero points and we go again.

“We have quality but we also have a strong mentality.

"Everyone is hungry, everyone wants to play and everyone wants success.”

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