Madjid Bougherra admits he wanted 'dream' return to Rangers this summer

Ex-Rangers hero Madjid Bougherra has revealed he had the chance to return to Ibrox.

Former Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra has told Gulf News that he wanted to return to Ibrox this summer, but couldn't strike a deal.

Bougherra, 32, is currently playing in the United Arab Emirates with Al-Fujairah, but the most successful spell of his career came as a Rangers player.

The centre back joined Rangers in the summer of 2008 having impressed with Charlton Athletic, and he went on to make over 100 appearances for Rangers, leading their defence alongside David Weir.

The Algerian international left Ibrox in 2011, joining Qatari side Lekhwiya before making the move to Al-Fujairah last summer.

Now though, Bougherra has admitted to Gulf News that he wanted to make a 'dream' return to Ibrox this summer - but the deal wasn't possible, for reasons he didn't cite.

"My wish was to go back to Rangers and finish my career there," said Bougherra. "I was out of contract and my dream would have been to play again with Rangers."

"Sadly, it was not possible for that to happen. I have now decided to stay with Fujairah because it is a club that suits me and I hope to enjoy another good season with them. Then I will do my coaching badges as I move into the next stage of my career," he added.

One more year

Bougherra has now extended his deal with Fujairah for another year, meaning his contract will expire in the summer of 2016.

The intention for Rangers, under new manager Mark Warburton, is that they will win promotion to the top flight next season, which would certainly give them more pulling power in the transfer market.

Should Rangers achieve that, they may well be able to persuade Bougherra to return to Ibrox next summer, given that Scottish Championship football isn't the biggest lure right now.

The door isn't closed on a return to Rangers, but given Bougherra's age, they seemingly only have one more year to bring him back to Glasgow.

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