Bougherra fit for Rangers opener

Madjid Boughera
Madjid Boughera is expected to play in the Rangers opener against Hearts.

Algerian defender Madjid Boughera is expected to be fit for the opening day of the Scottish season in two weeks time.

His club Rangers begin the defence of of their title against Hearts.

The Algerian suffered an arm injury that forced him to come out of Rangers' pre-season training camp in Germany.

The club confirmed in their website that a scan on Wednesday, showed there was nothing substancial to worry new manager Ally McCoist.

Boughera will, however, miss Wednesday's friendly against against Bayer Leverkusen, but he has a decent chance of playing in the SPL opener against Hearts.

The injury was not believed to be serious but had forced him out of the club's first two tour games against Sportfreunde Lotte and Bochum.

The recovery is a huge boost to manager McCoist, who has yet to recruit the additional defensive cover he is trying to bring in ahead of the new season.