Defender Madjid Bougherra leaves Rangers for Lekhwiya

Madjid Bougherra
Bougherra had impressed at the heart of Rangers' defence since 2008

Defender Madjid Bougherra has left Rangers to join Qatar champions Lekhwiya in a £1.7m deal.

The 28-year-old Algerian's last game for the Ibrox club came in the Champions League qualifying exit against Malmo.

Bougherra was the second Ibrox player to be shown a red card during a 1-1 draw in Sweden that led to a 2-1 aggregate defeat.

The defender impressed since his £2.5m move from Charlton Athletic in 2008.

Bougherra - who also played for Gueugnon, Sheffield Wednesday and had a loan spell with Crewe Alexandra - had been quoted this summer as saying that he wanted a move to English football before later suggesting he was happy to remain with the Scottish champions.

Rangers recruited Romania international Doran Goian from Palermo last month and last week re-signed fellow central defender Kyle Bartley on loan from Arsenal.

The Scottish champions also had a bid rejected for Anderlecht's Hungary defender, Roland Juhasz.

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