Little Bit Of Madjid Required
Updated Friday, 6th March 2009
Rangers need to find some more of the grit that cut the seven point gap on Celtic in the past if they are to lift the SPL trophy.
The midweek results added some spice to the SPL race with Rangers and Celtic changing positions once again. Rangers' Madjid Bougherra is confident Celtic can be caught before the end of the season. Bougherra was disappointed to see Celtic create a three-point gap after Rangers had headed the table on goal difference as the teams prepared for the midweek game. But he pointed out that Rangers were seven points behind as recently as the end of December and he sees no reason why they cannot cut the deficit yet again. He said: "We now have some weeks without a league game and the confidence is not good. But we know what we have to do. Before, we were seven points behind and we came back. Now it is three points. We are disappointed for ourselves, for the fans, and we have to show that we can come back again. It will be difficult but we have 10 games left and it is better to lose now than in the last five games. We have to show that we can lose and then come back and do the right thing. Maybe we will have a good run and push hard."
Rangers welcome Celtic to the final Old Firm derby of the season but Bougherra is sure that both sides will drop points before the game at Ibrox. He said: "Of course it's frustrating that Celtic won and we lost three points. We are a big club and we have to win every game instead of drawing or losing. Now Celtic have it in their hands but every game could be difficult for Celtic or for us. When you play Motherwell or Dundee United, it's always very difficult and any team can lose at any time. We need to come back and we need to show that we can come back. Every time we play, we give 200% but sometimes it can be difficult because other teams play four or five at the back and we try to push to win because we need to win. Sometimes that can be frustrating."
Bougherra felt the red card for David Weir was "too much" for the challenge on David Proctor which led to the game winning penalty. However, he had no complaints about Rangers leaving the pitch to jeers from their own fans having failed to kill the game off before the late reverse. He said: "Every game at home we win well, maybe by two goals. So I understand. They want the team to win the title and to win the games. But, with the fans behind us, I think we can do very well."
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