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McCulloch disappointed in Bougherra

25 Nov 2009 08:22:44

McCulloch disappointed in Bougherra

The Algeria defender did not report back to his club as scheduled last Friday after helping his country qualify for the World Cup with a play-off triumph over rivals Egypt. It was not the first the former Charlton player has transgressed in this manner and Walter Smith left him out of the side which beat Kilmarnock 3-0 at Ibrox on Saturday. Bougherra was left on the bench again on Tuesday night as Rangers had their European hopes ended for the season with a 2-0 home defeat in their Champions League clash with Stuttgart. In the build-up to the match Kenny Miller criticised Bougherra, saying: "If you are given a time to come back, you come back. It's as simple as that." McCulloch was thinking along the same lines after the defeat by the German side which left Rangers bottom of Group G and out of Europe altogether. "It's not really for me to say but if it is the third time that it has happened, and I honestly don't know if it is, then it's not good enough," he said "He's got to show a bit of respect to his fellow players and show a bit of respect to the management and bit of respect to the fans. "He has just come off a great result and is on a high from the World Cup. "I'm not making excuses for him but I think if that was any Scottish player then there would be serious repercussions. "We need all our best players and Madjid is one of our best players. We need everybody fighting the same corner and going in the same direction. "He is not a problem in the dressing room, he is a quality player and we want him back as soon as possible. "So hopefully this can all blow over and he can get back to doing what he does best." Goals from Stuttgart duo Sebastian Rudy and Zdravko Kuzmanovic did the damage and like most of the Rangers players, McCulloch conceded that the Ibrox side have simply not been good enough in Europe this season. The former Wigan and Motherwell player is hoping to rectify the European disappointment by returning to SPL duty with a win at Aberdeen on Saturday. "It was disappointing," he said. "We let them play and maybe showed them too much respect. "At times we played well but overall, they were the better team. "We have done well at home in previous campaigns but not in this campaign and it's nobody's fault but our own. "The expectations were that it was two wins straight against Unirea but it didn't pan out like that because they were a good team. "Stuttgart are obviously a better team away from home when they don't have the pressure of playing in front of their own crowd. "But we have to get on with it and look forward to a big game on Saturday. "It's all about the league now and hopefully kick-on and we have to pick ourselves up for Saturday and forget about last night." Rangers 8/11, Draw 5/2, Aberdeen 4/1


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