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Boyd denies divisions at Rangers

Rangers striker Kris Boyd
Boyd has scored eight goals for Rangers this season

Striker Kris Boyd has dismissed reports of rifts in the Rangers dressing room.

Madjid Bougherra's late return from international duty drew criticism from Kenny Miller, while there has been coverage of further internal conflict.

"Nobody's fallen out," said Boyd. "Yes, we've had a couple of arguments but I'd rather have that than read in a newspaper that you're not doing enough.

"I'd rather have that coming from a team-mate than from third parties, since it's their livelihood too."

Algeria defender Bougherra's behaviour was criticised by his own team-mates, who accused him of a lack of respect, with striker Miller saying there was "no excuse" for the player's third such indiscretion this season.

Rangers surrendered top spot in the Scottish Premier League with a loss at Pittodrie last weekend and there were reports of a heated exchange between players at half time.

Since his late return, Bougherra has been on the bench for the defeats to Stuttgart and Aberdeen but manager Walter Smith insists the powerful defender is very much in his plans.

"He will come back and play for us," said Smith. "I don't think there is any problem.

I don't think there is any great problem with our discipline overall

Walter Smith

"At different times we have one or two problems with players that we have to handle but I've never said he wouldn't come back and play for us - he will come back and play for us."

Despite speculation linking Bougherra with a January departure, Smith reiterated the debt-ridden club will not have sell key personnel when the transfer window re-opens next month.

"We were (under pressure to sell) in the previous two transfer windows," he said.

"But, by some miracle of accountancy, we don't seem to be under that pressure in this transfer window. That's all to the good as far as we are concerned."

However, the club's financial situation still means that bolstering the squad in January remains unlikely.

"Only if we get a buyer," said Smith. "I don't think that would be possible otherwise."

The manager also addressed Nacho Novo's rashness in Aberdeen but is not concerned by the club's disciplinary record.

The striker found himself at the centre of a police investigation when photographed dropping his shorts and making a gesture when walking off at Pittodrie and could also be charged with improper conduct by the Scottish Football Association.

"Nacho knows that one aspect of his reaction was wrong," he said.

"They all know that and they have always shown a great deal of care.

"A lot of time they do take a fair level of abuse and sometimes if the team is not doing well, even though you're a substitute, you still feel that.

"I don't think there is any great problem with our discipline overall."

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see also
Bouzid defends Gers' Bougherra
04 Dec 09 |  Hearts
SFA to consider Novo punishment
02 Dec 09 |  Rangers
Smith says Bougherra back in fold
27 Nov 09 |  Rangers

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