Football: Rangers' Bougherra expecting an Easter party

MADJID BOUGHERRA is confident Rangers will secure their second successive Clydesdale Bank Premier League championship this weekend.

And the defender is delighted he has put his injury worries behind him in time to ensure he will be on the pitch when the medals are being handed out.

He returned after a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a hamstring problem for the goalless draw against Dundee United at Tannadice, before facing Hearts last weekend.

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The win over the Jambos means the Scottish champions will retain their crown with another victory over Hibs on Sunday – or even without kicking a ball if Celtic fail to beat Dundee United earlier in the day.

As far as Bougherra is concerned, his return has come at the right time.

He said: "I am ready for the title run-in. Not 100 per cent maximum fitness, but improving every day.

"The Hearts game was difficult but I tried to push myself and do the best for the team. It's good to be back.

"I think now we can win at Easter Road. We don't know what will happen in the Celtic game beforehand, a draw or a loss for them and we could be champions before the match.

"But I'm very happy to be back in the team for this crucial game and I am confident we can make everything certain on Sunday.

"The first time I won the league was very beautiful. But to have two championships in a row is unbelievable.

"It's a pleasure to be able to achieve this with Rangers."

"We're going to win the league, plus I played in the African Cup and think my performances were good there and I also have a World Cup to look forward to so this is a very memorable season," he said.