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SCOTZINE: BOUGHERRA QUITS AND THANKS IBROX FANS

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FORMER Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra has retired from playing at the age of 34 – and insisted his time in Scottish football was his happiest in the game.

The Algerian international centre-half arrived at Ibrox in a £1million deal from Charlton in 2008 and spent three turbulent years before moving for £1.7 million to Qatari club Lekhwiya.

Earier this year, Bougherra offered his services to Mark Warburton and said he could play on until he was 36.

But, after a spell with Greek side Aris Thessaloniki, he has announced he will hang up his boots and admitted he enjoyed his stint at Rangers.

Bougherra said: “I’ve had a career that was beyond my wildest dreams. My passion for football is as strong as ever, but sometimes you have to listen to your body and face realities.

“I have no regrets. I’ve had a wonderful career.

“I have played in the World Cup with Algeria and for Rangers in front of their fans.

“My memories are imperishable, notably with the supporters of Glasgow Rangers and the national team of Algeria.

“For the future, I want to redistribute the wealth of experience I have collected during my career and I want to set up a Football Academy in Algeria to help my country’s future players.”

Bougherra was never far from controversy and was sent off in his last game for the club in a 1-1 Champions League qualifying draw in Malmo.

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