Smith expects Bougherra return
Walter Smith has confirmed he expects Madjid Bougherra's return before Rangers' trip to Australia.
Last Updated: 06/07/10 3:33pm
Rangers manager Walter Smith has confirmed he expects Algeria international Madjid Bougherra's return before the club's trip to Australia.
Bougherra has been given an additional three weeks off following his participation in the World Cup finals in South Africa.
The former Charlton and Sheffield Wednesday stopper impressed this summer after helping Algeria to a goalless draw with England in the group stages.
Although Bougherra is continually linked with moves away from Ibrox, Smith says he expects the 27-year-old to report for duty.
"Madjid will return to Murray Park just before we leave for Australia and so he will travel with us," he told the club's official website.
"We have made it quite clear to everyone that given the size of our group we don't want to sell anyone.
"In Madjid's case I keep reading in newspapers that he is going to leave but he doesn't say that when he is here so we don't really know what sort of situation we are going to get.
"He has been a good player for us. He didn't play as often last season as we would have hoped but hopefully he will come back fully fit after his efforts in the World Cup."