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Madjid Bougherra happy to stay with Rangers

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Bougherra content at Ibrox

By Fraser Wilson & Alasdair Lamont

Rangers' Madjid Bougherra insists he is happy to be preparing for a third season in the Scottish Premier League.

The Algerian defender's future has been the subject of much speculation following an impressive World Cup and given Rangers' straitened finances.

"I still have a two year contract and I am very happy here," he said.

"It would be a board decision (to sell me) if they have a big opportunity or for me then we'll see what happens, but I'm very comfortable here."

Bougherra incurred the wrath of manager Walter Smith last season by twice going AWOL while on international duty and was dogged with injury for much of the domestic campaign.

However, he insists his focus will be on Rangers this term.

We're not really in trouble. We have the same team as last year - sure we have no Kris Boyd or Kevin Thompson, but we still have Kenny Miller and we can try different tactics

Madjid Bougherra

"This year I have less games with Algeria, and I can concentrate more with Rangers and do my best to play all the games and keep fit," he explained.

"Last year I played 14 games with Algeria, I was injured for a month in October and a month in April, so it wasn't a bad season for me for the way I had to play with Algeria as well with no rest."

Rangers will be without the injured Andy Webster ahead of Saturday's opening of their league title defence with Kilmarnock, but Bougherra says there is depth in the squad to cope.

"It's good Andy is here because we have a good squad, so if someone leaves or is injured, then you have a good player to step in," he added.

"He had a very good season with Dundee United, so this is good for the club and the team."

Bougherra played on the right of a three-man defence for Algeria at the World Cup and was used as a right-back on Rangers' pre-season trip to Australia.

"We played a 3-5-2 and I played as a right-sided centre back," he said of his exploits in South Africa. "It's not a surprise for me to go forward, I like to, but I come forward from the middle and to do so on the line is completely different.

"I prefer playing in the centre. I'd like to score four or five (goals) this season because I've never done this."

Having seen six first-team players leave this summer, Bougherra is hopeful there will be new faces at Ibrox soon.

"We're the same team with same players as last season and we know each other so we have an automatic connection on the pitch," he said. "On that front I'm not worried about no new players coming in.

"But if we get an injury then yes, I would be worried then, but there are new players coming in, so we have 10 days to get a new player… I'm confident about cover.

"Every signing is good for the fans and good for the team, because it boosts the spirits, so I hope to have a new face come in.

"We're not really in trouble. We have the same team as last year - sure we have no Kris Boyd or Kevin Thompson, but we still have Kenny Miller and we can try different tactics."



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see also
Bougherra planning on Ibrox stay
12 Mar 10 |  Rangers
Bougherra not for leaving Ibrox
19 Dec 09 |  Rangers
Smith seeks Bougherra explanation
17 Oct 09 |  Rangers


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