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Gough urges Gers players to channel aggression

Former Rangers captain Richard Gough admits there were plenty of training-ground bust-ups when he played for the Gers - but they were all kept well under wraps.

The former Ibrox captain was responding to reports that Kenny Miller and Madjid Bougherra clashed at the Murray Park training ground on Friday and had to be pulled apart by shocked team-mates.

Bougherra was reportedly unhappy at comments made by Miller, when the striker accused him of a lack of respect after returning late from international duty with Algeria for the third time this season.

The spat happened just hours before Rangers slipped off top spot in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, suffering defeat at Aberdeen in Saturday's early kick-off.

Gough believes such an altercation shows there is passion within the Scottish champions' ranks - it just has to be channelled in the proper manner.

"It used to happen quite a lot in my day but we were letting off steam,'' he said. "We had a lot of tough characters in the teams that I played with and training sessions could get lively sometimes.

"But you worry if this one runs a bit deeper because I don't think anyone came out in the press and publicly criticised another player during my time at the club. No-one would do that.

"This time, it has happened a couple of times and, I would say, deservedly so with Mr Bougherra coming back late three times from Algeria. There are obviously tensions within the camp. But sometimes that can be a good thing as well and Rangers must use that to their advantage.

"It shows there is a good spirit within the club, a passion to do well. By all accounts there wasn't a blow landed so there is no harm done. It shows that people are caring.''

As a former captain himself, Gough believes it should be the job of skipper David Weir to ensure any simmering feud between the two players is not allowed to boil over again.

He added: "The captain of the club, Davie Weir, has to step in and sort it out amongst the players.

"I had to step in many times to sort out problems with my team - and we were winning at the time. I'm just surprised this has come out. We had quite a number of spats but they never got to the press' ears.''


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