Bougherra heads to Qatar as Rangers drop interest in former World Cup star


Rangers manager Ally McCoist has confirmed that Qatari champions Lekhwiya have had a bid of £1.7 million for Madjid Bougherra accepted.

“A fee has been agreed with the Qatar club in the region of £1.7m,” said McCoist. “There are just bits and pieces to be tied up there. I think that deal is just about done. He won’t be playing against Chelsea tomorrow.”

It means that Bougherra’s last action as a Rangers player was the sending off in Wednesday night’s Champions League qualifying defeat at the hands of Malmo.

Bougherra joined the Ibrox side in 2008 for £2.5 million from Charlton Athletic, but was quoted this summer as saying that he wanted to move to English Football before suggesting that he was happy to remain at Rangers.

Rangers have already signed Romanian defender Doran Goian from Palermo and have re-signed defender Kyle Bartley on a season-long loan deal from Arsenal.

Meanwhile McCoist has confirmed that the club will not be pursuing German winger David Odonkor further. The former Real Betis and Borussia Dortmund player was on trial at Rangers, but the Rangers manager revealed a number of concerns regarding the player’s match fitness, prompting the club to ditch any attempt to sign the German.

McCoist said: “David is away back to Germany. He did well and he showed up fine but there just looked to be a bit of a problem with match fitness, as you would expect from someone who has been out longer term with an injury. We won’t be pursuing that any further.”


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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