Aston Villa winger Marc Albrighton denies Rangers link


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Winger Marc Albrighton has pledged his immediate future to Aston Villa and dismissed reports linking him with a move to Rangers.

Albrighton had struggled to command a regular first-team spot during the current campaign before returning to Alex McLeish's side against Manchester United 12 days ago.

He scored the opening goal in Saturday's 2-1 win at Bolton but is adamant leaving Villa never crossed his mind when out of favour.

Academy product Albrighton, 22, said: "I have a mate at Rangers but I won't be going there anytime soon.

"I don't want to think about leaving at the minute. I know things have not been great.

"But I am a Villa boy and I can't think of anything worse than leaving the club that's given me all my games and all my happy moments.

"One day I may have to leave, and that will be a sad day for me, but at the moment I am concentrating on playing well for Villa."

Albrighton added: "I want to fight for my place here and see if I can establish myself and get back to my best here.

"I don't want to take the easy route. I prefer to do the hard work and the manager told me I was in his plans."