Ex-Owl Madjid is hamstrung

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Madjid Bougherra will return home early from Rangers’ German training camp to have a scan on his hamstring problem - but manager Ally McCoist is confident the former Sheffield Wednesday defender will be fit for the start of the season.

Bougherra was left out of Saturday’s 3-0 friendly defeat by Bochum and will fly back to Glasgow today.

Kyle Lafferty has already returned home to see a specialist about the groin problem that will force him to miss the Clydesdale Bank Premier League opener against Hearts on July 23.

But McCoist, whose team face Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday, expects Algeria defender Bougherra to make the encounter.

McCoist tsaid: “It’s just a little niggle Madjid has more than anything and he has still been able to do the extra work we’ve asked him to do with physio Stevie Walker. The scan is just for confirmation more than anything else that it’s not a serious injury but in the meantime, we’re not taking any chances.”

Bougherra’s future remains a subject of speculation, with the player keen on leaving. But McCoist has admitted he would rather see the 28-year-old leave for nothing next summer than sell him now.