Madjid Bougherra has declared his intention to one day return to Ibrox in a playing capacity.
A fan favourite during his spell in Glasgow, Madjid Bougherra helped Rangers to a trio of Scottish Premier League titles as well as victories in the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup during a four-year spell that came just before a storm of financial difficulties engulfed the club.
But while the situation surrounding Ibrox remains far from resolved, a second promotion and a move up to the Scottish Championship suggests the club is on the mend, making news of the Algerian’s potential return all the more welcome.
Set to compete at the World Cup in Brazil this summer, the former Charlton defender is a national hero in his North African homeland, having scored crucial goals in key qualification playoff wins for both these finals and the ones previous.
Since departing Rangers, the defender has been plying his trade in Qatar with Lekhwiya SC, but following the conclusion of his current contract, the player is now seeking a move away from the club.
And speaking to the Daily Record, the Algerian outlined his plans to one day return to Rangers – though it remains unclear as to when the reunion would take place.
“I always said I would want to finish my career in Glasgow with Rangers,” he told the news provider.
“The question would be whether that is immediately or maybe in a few years’ time.”
The player is thought to be the subject of interest from a number of clubs, with reports indicating that these may include several English sides.
Bougherra previously played for Charlton in the Premier League, and while a return to the English top-flight seems unlikely, the Gers could yet face competition from the Addicks for a player who has endeared himself to fans wherever he goes.
With much hinging on his efforts at the World Cup, Rangers fans may be hoping he is good, but maybe not too good, this summer.