No looking back for Bougherra
Madjid Bougherra insists he has no regrets about joining Rangers from Charlton Athletic, despite their Champions League exit.
By Will Wood
Last Updated: 13/09/08 1:44pm
Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra insists he has no regrets about joining the club from Charlton Athletic, despite their Champions League qualifying round exit.
The opportunity to play in European football's elite competition was a deciding factor in the 25-year old's decision to head north of the border, but his dream was shortlived as Walter Smith's men crashed out at the hands of FBK Kaunas of Lithuania.
Arch-rivals Celtic begin their own Champions League campaign against Danish side Aalborg on Wednesday, but the Algerian has not had second-thoughts about his switch to the Scottish Premier League runners-up.
"I'm just here to progress and get experience. I spoke to Jean-Claude Darcheville and he told me just to make sure I don't listen to the Champions League music next week," Bougherra said.
"Of course, we need to win the title and go straight back into the Champions League.
"Last year there were many games and this time there will be more rest and time to concentrate on the championship."
Bougherra also believes that he is settling into Scottish football, adding that the 4-2 defeat of Celtic in the side's last SPL clash has given the side a major confidence boost going into their clash with Kilmarnock.
"It was a big game against Celtic and was very important for us," Bougherra continued.
"It gives you motivation for the next game. I won with Algeria and now I am excited to be back and hopefully win again.
"You have to win every game for Rangers and concentrate every week for the fans.
"There isn't a big difference between English football and Scottish football, they're both very quick.
"But the difference here is that you have to win every game.
"The football is the same but the pressure is there to win, win, win.
"It's difficult but I'm learning and at the moment I think I'm doing okay."