Booth spent two years at Rostov, between 2002-2004, and knows the environment in Russia well enough to offer words of advice to Xulu – who he also played with at Mamelodi Sundowns when the two were still at Chloorkop.
Xulu has now completed his move from Sundowns to Rostov, who have won just once in the seven League games that they have played since the start of the season in July.
"It will be very important that Siyanda settles into the way of life in Russia and gets himself organised so that he can then focus on his football. It is important that the simple things like getting a car, accommodation and knowing where the shops get sorted early so that they don't go on to affect his football.
"It is also very important that he makes an attempt to quickly learn the language there because no one speaks English there which can be frustrating in terms of communication. If his teammates realise he is trying to learn the language they will be accommodating and friendly towards him and he will not feel lonely and lost. He must never be arrogant towards learning their language," advices Booth.
The former Bafana Bafana international – now at Ajax Cape Town – adds that he is confident Xulu will succeed at Rostov.
"It is a hard League but I believe Siyanda will do well as the way that he plays suits the style there with a lot of coaches there having a liking to defenders who are comfortable on the ball and capable of playing from the back like Siyanda.
"I am fortunate to have played with him at Sundowns so I know him very well…he has a good mentality and the kind of character that will enable him to cope in Russia. It will not be easy but he should make it.
"As long as he is playing then all will be fine because the biggest frustration comes when you are sitting on the bench and feeling lost," says Booth.