Rangers reject bid for Madjid Bougherra
Ally McCoist says he wants to keep the player as Qatar club Lekhwiya chase his signature.
Rangers have rejected a bid from Qatar club Lekhwiya for defender Madjid Bougherra.
As revealed by STV on Sunday evening, informal discussions had been held over an offer being lodged for the Algerian, who has played in Scotland since 2008.
Now Rangers manager Ally McCoist says he wants to keep the player.
"I hope Madjid's future lies here but there has been a bid received which we have knocked back from a team in Qatar. That's where we are at the moment," he said.
"I don't want Madjid going anywhere."
The Doha-based club were understood to be considering a £1.3 million bid, other reports said the player was the subject of a bid of £2.6million.
Bougherra currently has one year left on his contract with Rangers and the club's director of football, Gordon Smith, spoke last week of the possibility of the 28-year-old signing an extension to his deal.
Lekhwiya are the reigning champions of the Qatar Stars League, having won their first ever top flight championship in 2010/11.
The club are managed by Bougherra's compatriot, one-time Manchester City and Southampton midfielder Djamel Belmadi, and also count Algerians Karim Boudiaf and Adel Habib Beldi amongst their ranks.