McCoist keen to keep Bougherra

Gers boss not ruling out new deal for defender

Bougherra: Has been linked with a Rangers exit this summer

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Rangers boss Ally McCoist is willing to risk losing Madjid Bougherra on a free transfer next summer if it means keeping the defender at Ibrox this season.

However, the manager is not ruling out a new deal for the 28-year-old, who is entering the final year of his existing contract after arriving in Glasgow in 2008.

Former Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton centre-back Bougherra has been linked with a move away from the Scottish Premier League champions, although no offers have been made.

But McCoist remains determined to retain the Algeria international, telling the Daily Record: "I'd rather have Madjid here this season than lose him now.

"He's such a good player for us and I know he could walk away from the club for nothing at the end of this campaign.

"Circumstances will dictate what happens but I wouldn't rule out a new contract for him."