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Rangers ace taunts ‘cocky’ Hoops

Rangers won a third straight SPL title by one point from Celtic, sealing the trophy with a 5-1 win at Kilmarnock on Sunday.

However, Bougherra couldn’t resist a dig at their old rivals, accusing Neil Lennon’s men of being cocky.

The Algerian said: “You know, I remember hearing a Celtic player — I think it was Kris Commons — saying they were younger, faster and better than us.

“I can tell him now that we are maybe older and slower, but we are the champions once again.”

He added: “It is fantastic as everyone knew our situation. We didn't have a big squad and we had many games to play, including in the Champions League and Europa League.

“Even so, we never complained and got on with our jobs. We did our best and in the end we were the champions.”

The Rangers players were in party mood after a Kyle Lafferty hat-trick helped them cross the finishing line in sensational style.

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It was a fitting farewell to boss Walter Smith, before Ally McCoist steps into the Ibrox hotseat.

Steven Naismith felt Rangers’ third consecutive title — Smith’s 21st major honour as boss — sealed the manager’s legendary status.

“Our win is why the gaffer is up there with the greats,” he said. “I don’t think there is anyone who can take that away from him.

“He is definitely the best manager I have ever worked under in my career and he will be sorely missed by everyone of us here.

“We’ve got Ally McCoist taking over next season and hopefully now we can get a few more players in and create a bit more competition for places.”

Croatia striker Nikica Jelavic, who was signed for £4 million last summer and scored 19 goals this season, added: “I think we showed we were the best team in

Scotland over the whole season. We deserve this title.

“This is the most exciting moment in my career and the biggest thing which has ever happened to me in football.

“I am delighted for the manager. He has done many, many good things for Rangers and in his last season, he has worked so hard for the title.”

Gregg Wylde represents the future for Rangers and he is determined to build on the title-winning campaign next season under McCoist.

Midfielder Wylde was one of the young players to benefit from openings in the squad and was thrilled to be part of the triumphant squad.

The 20-year-old, who has started every game since facing PSV Eindhoven at Ibrox in March, said: “It's not sunk in yet.

“For me as a young boy to come in and to get my first trophies in the league and the cup I’m chuffed to bits. Hopefully I can get more.

“It's been a bit of a shock, but I've enjoyed every single minute of it since my first game against PSV Eindhoven.”


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