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Rangers Bougherra has legitimate reason for going AWOL

Madjid Bougherra has avoided a fine from Rangers boss Walter Smith after explaining his reason for going AWOL. The Algerian faced showdown talks with Smith after missing Saturday's win at St Johnstone, reports the Scottish Sun.

The player revealed he had his bag containing his passport and phone stolen in Paris just before he was due to fly back to Glasgow.

Smith said: "Madjid has explained the circumstances which led him to be late back from international duty and I accept what he's had to say.

"Initially I was led to believe his belongings were stolen on Monday, but it turns out that happened on Thursday.

"In fairness, his agent contacted Ally McCoist and told him of the situation. Having now spoken to Madjid there's no problem.

"That is the matter closed now."

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