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Rangers star Bougherra wants move back to Premier League

By Lisa Gray

Madjid Bougherra admits he wants to quit Rangers and return to the Barclays Premier League.

But the defender — who has a year left on his contract — insists he will only walk away from the Scottish champions with the blessing of boss Ally McCoist.

Bougherra said: “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.”

Reports suggested the Algerian was set to write to Rangers looking to buy out the remaining year of his contract.

But he added: “I don't want there to be any trouble between me and the club. I want any move to be easy, not to be wrong.”

One man who doesn’t want to leave Rangers is striker Kyle Lafferty who said yesterday that he wants to stay at Ibrox for as long as possible.

The Northern Ireland international is eager to impress McCoist and help the club celebrate four league titles on the bounce.

“I’d happily stay at Rangers for the rest of my career,” said the Kesh man.

“If they offered me the chance to do that tomorrow then I’d take it.

“I’ve got two years left on my contract and I couldn’t be happier. Why would I want to leave.”

Meanwhile, Celtic full-back Emilio Izaguirre has been forced to withdraw from the Honduras squad for the CONCACAF Gold Cup with injury - casting doubt over his involvement in his club's pre-season plans.

The 25-year-old has pulled out of the international tournament in the United States with a hamstring injury and will return to Parkhead for treatment on the problem.

Reports suggest Scotland's player of the year now faces at least four weeks on the sidelines, meaning he could miss the Hoops' pre-season tour of Australia.

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