The Scottish media have come up with some great transfer stories in recent years. Steven Fletcher to Real Madrid was good, Kenny Miller and Scott Brown being linked with the Milan clubs even better. However, possibly the best of the lot was the suggestion that Madjid Bougherra could be on his way to Barcelona.
There have been plenty of Old Firm players who didn’t deserve the hype that surrounded them, and Bougherra appears to be the latest. By SPL standards, he’s a decent defender, possibly his biggest asset being his ability to bring to break from a back. However, he simply doesn’t have the temperament to be a top-class centre back.
During his time at Rangers, Bougherra has regularly made numerous unnecessary tackles and challenges to the detriment of his team. The Scottish Cup replay at Celtic Park in March was a prime example – a needless stamp on Gary Hooper’s leg halfway up the pitch could have been a straight red itself. It was then followed up with the childish reaction where he grabbed at Calum Murray’s arms, in an attempt to stop the referee sending him off.
Bougherra may well move on before the end of the transfer window, but the chances of his next stop being one of Europe’s top clubs are slim.