By Joe Ellis

1st May, 2022 | 8:10am

Rangers 'never give up' mentality 'part of the genetics' - Madjid Bougherra

Rangers have had a lot of cult heroes throughout the years and Madjid Bougherra is just one of those who captured the hearts of the Ibrox faithful.

Having arrived in Glasgow from Charlton Athletic in 2008 – the same move Joe Aribo made in 2019 – the Algerian international went on to make 71 appearances for the Light Blues, scoring three times from centre-half.

But it was his old-fashioned way of defending that caught the eye more than his goal-scoring abilities and there was no better sight than a Bougherra reducer to get the crowd going.

The now 39-year-old, who manages Algeria A, has spoken about his time at Ibrox and the lesson he learned from his time at the football club.

“It’s part of the genetics to be a Glasgow Rangers player, that you never give up until the end,” Bougherra said in an interview with The Athletic.

“The mentality is to win and win and win. Anything is possible in football, so they need to give everything as the fans will remember that, even if the result doesn’t work out.”


The demand to win is something unique to Rangers and probably Celtic too in Scottish football but the principles of winning are the same at every club on the entire planet.

All fans want to see is their team give absolutely everything to try and win the game in front of them and if they are able to do that but still lose, the supporters rarely have anything to complain about.

It is a bit different at Ibrox though because just trying isn’t going to satisfy the passionate home crowd and even a draw will be met with boos from certain sections of the stadium.

These are the standards Rangers have set for themselves for decades on end and there is no reason or sign that it should change anytime soon as they and their Glaswegian rivals go head-to-head for glory in Scotland.

Regardless of the team on the field though, the Ibrox crowd will back their boys until the very end and few teams can say that about their own supporters.

In other Rangers news, Mo Ross thinks this Light Blues ace could be in the Ibrox hall of fame if he does this one thing.