Bougherra plans Gers stay
Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra insists he has no plans to quit Ibrox at the end of the season
Last Updated: 11/05/09 8:21am
Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra insists he has no plans to quit Ibrox at the end of the season.
Bougherra helped Rangers move into pole position for the SPL title at the weekend after a priceless 1-0 win over Old Firm rivals Celtic to move two points clear at the top of the table with three games left to play.
Premier League-bound Birmingham have been linked with a summer move for the former Charlton stopper, but Bougherra says he is happy to stay at Rangers.
"It's too early for me to think about leaving because I need stability. In the past, I have been moving every year. I'm comfortable at Rangers and I want to stay," Bougherra told the Scottish Sun.
"After the Scottish Cup semi-final, I spoke with the radio people but didn't properly translate what I was thinking.
"I was speaking about the mentality, nothing else.
"I have learned so much here about what it takes to win. I know if I stay at Rangers I can become a better player.
"Every day in training, I get so much from Coisty (Ally McCoist), Kenny (McDowall) and the gaffer.
"Before, I didn't really know what it was like to be at a big club, didn't know the mental strength needed. Now, every game is a must-win and you must concentrate completely for 90 minutes. That's very different from my past career."
PleaBougherra has also urged veteran centre-back David Weir to extend his stay at Rangers.
"Of course I hope David stays. I have told him I want him to stay for one more year because he can still play," added Bougherra.
"He is a good player with so much experience. His positioning is very good and everyone on the staff wants him to stay.
"I have a seriously big respect for him. I am 26 and find it tough at times. To see him at 39, with the way he trains and plays, shows what a great professional he is."