Smith - Bougherra in the frame

Gers boss insists pair have patched up differences

Smith: Open to Bougherra return

Smith: Open to Bougherra return

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Walter Smith insists Madjid Bougherra's latest late return from international duty is all water under the bridge.

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Smith was without Bougherra for last weekend's game against Kilmarnock as he returned late after helping Algeria qualify for the World Cup.

The former Charlton defender was reportedly dropped for their midweek UEFA Champions League game against Stuttgart as a result.

However, Smith insists Bougherra was available to play against the Germans and that his latest indiscipline has been dealt with internally.

"That's all cleared up," he said ahead of their weekend game with Aberdeen.

"He is back in the squad for the game and he was in the squad for the game against Stuttgart the other night."

When asked whether Danny Wilson could retain his place at the back ahead of Bougherra, Smith said: "It's a decision managers have to make.

Delighted

"I'm just delighted over the last few weeks we've had a young player who's been able to get a game.

"He's acquitted himself extremely well. We're delighted with that.

"It's not a problem for us now. If we have to make a decision then we have to make a decision.

"We're just delighted that we've found that we have a young player that can come in and play for us."

It has been suggested Wilson could earn an improved Ibrox deal, however, Smith would prefer the youngster to concentrate on his football.

"He's only just started playing. He's got a contract at the present moment," he continued.

"I think it's in the best interests of everyone to just let him to continue playing without mentioning anything like that."