Madjid looks to make amends
Madjid Bougherra has called on his Rangers team-mates to ensure they have 'no regrets' in Europe this term.
Last Updated: 28/09/10 4:23pm
Madjid Bougherra has called on his Rangers team-mates to ensure they have 'no regrets' in the UEFA Champions League this season.
The Scottish champions endured a dismal campaign in Europe last term, failing to secure a single point at home and finishing bottom of their group without a win.
After shipping four goals to both Sevilla and Unirea Urziceni at Ibrox last year, the Gers have a chance to compensate for that poor home form when they entertain Turkish champions Bursaspor in Glasgow on Wednesday evening.
And, after already holding Manchester United to a draw at Old Trafford in their opening game, defender Bougherra insists Walter Smith's side pose a bigger threat than they did 12 months ago.
"We have more experience than we did last year," said Bougherra. "We have an obligation to win the three points if we want to qualify.
"We have a winning mentality and we have the capacity to win and we need to give everything to have no regrets.
"All the players have big motivation. Last year we lost everything, tomorrow we have to prove that we can do something in Europe and that we have the quality.
"It's more about experience. Last year we weren't afraid but we didn't know what sort of football we were going to see in the Champions League.
"Now, we know the Champions League tactically and we need to do everything as a team."
Bougherra suspects Bursaspor will travel to Ibrox with a point to prove having suffered a thumping 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Valencia in their opening game.
"After their first game, Bursaspor have to show to their country that they can do something in the Champions League and they can do better," he said.
"They come here with nothing to lose because they are playing away.
"We have to play without fear because we are at home and we have a good feeling here, we've got to give everything to win.
"Last year, we lost the three games at home and to qualify the home games are key."
Rangers, while boasting a 100 per cent record in the SPL so far this season, were forced to fight back from 2-0 down to claim their first win at Aberdeen in almost four years at the weekend.
But Bougherra feels even conceding those two goals could be a positive for the table-toppers ahead of Wednesday's clash.
He added: "Maybe it was a good thing to lose two goals against Aberdeen because, if you are a good footballer, you do not do this again tomorrow."