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Bougherra will only leave Rangers if he gets McCoist's blessing

Madjid Bougherra has said he is keen to leave Rangers for a new challenge but has now admitted that he will not go unless the club feel it is right. The Algerian centre-half is preferential to a return to England where he has already spent time with Crewe Alexandra, Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton Athletic but he has made it clear that he will not push 'Gers to activate his release clause as he wants to remain on good terms with the fans.

"If I leave in the summer, I want everything to be clean with Rangers," he told SunSport.

"The club must be happy with any transfer. I've been at Rangers for three years and don't want to cause any trouble.

"The club has made things great for me. The last three years have been fantastic but maybe now is the time to move on.

"If that doesn't happen this summer, it's not a problem. I can stay for a fourth year but after that I'd want to see new things and try a new challenge.

"I have won all the titles in Scotland with Rangers. It has been perfect but sometimes you need to move on to try other things.

"My focus is still on the Premier League. I played there for six months with Charlton and I want to go back as six months isn't a long time.

"I've spoken to Coisty and told him that if there is a new challenge which excites me then I'd like to take it. He understands my position. I have told him the truth because I respect him.

"He knows me, he knows what I need and he knows I have a good relationship with the club but if I go, I'd have to go cleanly.

"I don't want to lose what I have built up."

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