Former Rangers center back Madjid Bougherra led his nation against Belgium in a typically valiant effort by the Algerians. The World Cup is an open audition for the services of the 31-year old Bougherra who is out of contract. While he has expressed an interest in returning to Ibrox, it is more likely that he will link up with a team in England. Leicester City, Sheffield Wednesday, Crewe Alexander, & Charlton Athletic are all being linked to Bougherra.
Here are his player ratings from various sources:
6 – The most solid of the Algerian defenders – won headers & marshaled the back line well.
7 – The most solid of the Algerian defenders, Bougherra marshaled his backline impressively till Belgium’s equalizer. He read the game well and was good coming out of defense. He defended and handled Lukaku fabulously but was caught out frequently against the pace of Origi.
7 – Organised, composed & a rock at the back, but couldn’t keep Belgium out all game long.
7 – Led his team expertly in the opening 45 minutes, but his influence lessened as he tired in the heat.
7 – A warrior in defence – marshalled Lukaku fantastically but was admittedly less comfortable against the pace of Origi.
AVERAGE RATING: 6.8
Bougherra played the entire 90 minutes in the 2-1 loss & drew two fouls while not committing any.
- How would you rate Bougherra’s performance vs. Belgium?