Bougherra hits back at Hoops
Madjid Bougherra has responded to a Celtic jibe by claiming that Rangers' experience worked in their favour.
Last Updated: 16/05/11 10:18am
Madjid Bougherra has responded to a Celtic jibe by claiming that Rangers' experience worked in their favour during this season's Scottish Premier League title race.
The Gers wrapped up a third consecutive league crown on Sunday as they comprehensively disposed of Kilmarnock 5-1 at Rugby Park.
Bougherra was overjoyed to have landed major silverware, but could not resist a retort to a comment from Old Firm rivals Celtic earlier this season.
He told the club's official website: "It is fantastic as everyone knew our situation. We didn't have a big squad and we had many games to play, including in the Champions League and Europa League.
"Even so, we never complained and got on with our jobs. We did our best and in the end we were the champions.
"You know, I remember hearing a Celtic player - I think it was Kris Commons - saying they were younger, faster and better than us.
"I can tell him now that we are maybe older and slower but we are the champions once again."
Nikica Jelavic, who was signed for £4million last summer and scored 19 goals this season, was also thrilled.
The Croatia international striker said: "It was a great victory for us and I think we showed we were the best team in Scotland over the whole season.
"We deserve this title. This is the most exciting moment in my career and the biggest thing which has ever happened to me in football.
"I am delighted for the manager. He has done many, many good things for Rangers and in his last season, he has worked so hard for the title."
Sasa Papac, meanwhile, hopes to be part of the squad under Ally McCoist, who is to replace the retiring Walter Smith as manager.
Papac, whose current contract expires this summer, said: "I hope I can sign another contract too because I have given everything to the club for five years and now I have eight trophies as a reward.
"We are still in talks with Rangers so we will see what will happen in the next couple of days, and I hope I can stay."