Showing posts with label Bilel Mohsni. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bilel Mohsni. Show all posts

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Defending the...defence?

Yet another article on Rangers’ defence. It really is borderline nauseating is it not; a topic that has been broached to death.

And yet, we have to admit it remains a valid and worrying subject.

2015. May. Rangers have just been morally crushed by condemnation of another year in the Championship. All season long fans consistently complained about the Mohsni, McCulloch and McGregor defence; it leaked 39 goals and that was a major component of Rangers’ failures.

2016. May. Rangers have just cruised to a Championship triumph under Mark Warburton, playing glorious football and winning the league comfortably. All season long the defence has, however, looked flaky at best, and the final stat of goals shipped? 34. Only five less than under McCoist, McCall and McDowall’s disastrous season combined.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Rangers are back, pass it on...

Four long years. 48 months. We have all aged almost half a decade waiting for Rangers to return to where they belong, and after the nightmare of the Brechin Hedge, the motorways next to various third and second division part time clubs, and drawing at home to Dumbarton, Rangers finally take their place back in the Scottish Premiership.

This has been a long road, a long and hard road.

It has seen fan splits, club splits, boardroom politics, reputations created, destroyed, social media battling, marches to Hampden, and an infinite number of other subplots which defined so much about the maelstrom Rangers and our fans experienced.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Why Rangers need revenge at Fir Park

In the lead up to Rangers’ first competitive match of the new season, a small yet significant debate about the ramifications of the trip to Fir Park has been doing the rounds among the fanbase in recent times.

That is, the last time Rangers travelled to Motherwell, the match was, in every sense, a complete disaster. From Stuart McCall’s men’s performance, to Cammy Bell’s humiliating flap, to the assault on Lee McCulloch, to the home pitch invasion, to Bilel Mohsni being strung out to dry for defending himself against Lee Erwin; everything about this match was wrong, and it summed up the dark place Rangers were in at the time.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Jason Cummings: How Scottish football's double standards know no bounds

On the face of it, a lad on holiday dunking a fellow youth in a swimming pool would be a completely normal act to carry on overseas in sunny climes during one’s ‘vacation’.

Indeed, it is part of the fun of holidaying, the ‘banter’ young lads get up to, the kind of japes included as rites of passaging as one grows up.

Unless, of course, it is a Rangers fan involved.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Wilson IS too good for Championship, that's why we want him

When news broke over the past 24 hours of former Rangers goalkeeper Neil Alexander supposedly saying Danny Wilson was too good for Rangers, the media and headlines had a field day.

The same media which let Lee Erwin & a deranged Motherwell ‘fan’ off the hook (pun intended) because Bilel Mohnsi’s indiscretions made for much better headline material has recently been misleading fans again by taking Alexander’s comments both out of context, and as an attack on Rangers.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Jon Daly: "McCall lied about me"

Former Rangers striker Jon Daly has launched an angry attack on managerial candidate Stuart McCall, indirectly accusing the Ibrox hopeful of lying about his injury state, claiming that he was never injured, contrary to McCall’s claims.

The Irishman said:

"I’ve been nowhere near the team because I wasn’t picked.”

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Mohsni: "McCoist isn't on Gardening Leave - he was fired"

Outgoing Rangers defender Bilel Mohsni has set the cat among the pigeons by claiming that rather than being on “Gardening Leave”, ex-manager Ally McCoist was in fact sacked outright after handing in his notice.

The Tunisian international, himself the centre of a huge controversy following the full-time brawl last Sunday, claims that rather than McCoist receiving a monthly wage of £72,000 for doing nothing, the former chief was paid off in full to the nature of his entire year’s £850,000 salary and presumably has signed a confidentiality contract prohibiting him from ever publicly revealing it.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Rangers release 11 players

It has been unofficially confirmed that eleven of the out-of-contracters have now been released, and indeed were released on Sunday.

Steve Simonsen, Lee Robinson, captain Lee McCulloch, Bilel Mohsni, Richard Foster, Steven Smith, Sebastien Faure, Kyle Hutton, Ian Black, Kris Boyd, and Jon Daly have all now departed Ibrox for pastures new and the rebuild job begins in earnest.

How the Scottish media used Mohsni to excuse Motherwell

Before I go any further, this entry is anything but a defence of Bilel Mohsni. Provoked though he was, his response was completely unacceptable and Rangers are right to have publicly condemned him.

Unfortunately, this one man’s actions have been used by the press to completely excuse the absolutely appalling events at Fir Park before that full-time brawl had even taken place.

Sunday, 31 May 2015

McCall: "Mohsni is gone"

Rangers’ (present) manager Stuart McCall has ‘confirmed’ Bilel Mohsni will not be offered a new deal next season, and will leave Ibrox.

Following the brawl at full time today, instigated by Lee Erwin and finished off with the kind of aggression from Mohsni Rangers could have actually used on the pitch in the 90, McCall stated:

"And the award of biggest Ibrox failure goes to..."

Well there are certainly no lack of candidates for this Hall of Shame following today's abysmal failure to get promoted (or even score) at Fir Park. Before I continue, Ally McCoist is immune here, he has his own ‘special’ place in the annals of failure and it has all been said before. This is from a playing perspective, and to that end Rangers have been swamped by a glut of absolutely woeful signings/performances these past three years. has gone through these with a fine toothcomb to bring a final chart of ignominy, the top 10 farces to have stained the proud blue jersey these past 36 months. Readers will undeniably have their own lists, and may wildly disagree with this one, including the winner, but we can all agree there has simply been far too much rubbish.

On with the list:

Monday, 11 May 2015

This is why police warned troubled defender Bilel Mohsni

Captured by the inimitable Willie Vass, these photos from the start of the month illustrate why the police presence at Tynecastle felt moved to warn (outgoing) Tunisian central defender Bilel Mohsni about his conduct.

Mohsni has been the subject of transfer speculation for the past two months, ever since the win over Hearts at Ibrox where he was “annoyed” not have started the match, and thereafter has been a sporadic presence in the side.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Transfer speculation intensifies after McCulloch & Mohsni 'get injured'

As we now know, neither Bilel Mohsni or Lee McCulloch travelled with Rangers’ squad to face Queen of the South yesterday.

There was pre-match fervour over the absence of McCulloch in particular, as broken to you here. The reasons cited, to my understanding, was his omission from the Hearts XI following the booing v Falkirk, which upset him so much he elected to exclude himself from starting. And when his cameo at Tynecastle brought about the concession of two goals from the instant he arrived, it became clear Jig’s time at Ibrox was under threat.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Mohsni in talks with Bundesliga giants

After no significant outcome following talks with ES Tunis, Bilel Mohsni today was negotiating with German cracks SC Freiburg with discussions at an ‘advanced stage’.

Mohsni, 27, opened negotiations with the Bundesliga outfit yesterday, amidst controversy over his police altercation at Tynecastle after being warned by Edinburgh’s constabulary for provoking Hearts fans.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Mohsni in Ibrox exit talks

Emerging reports in Tunisian press claim Rangers’ international Tunisian defender Bilel Mohsni is in discussions with EspĂ©rance Sportive de Tunis, champions of Championnat de la Ligue Professionnelle, or the ‘Tunisian Premier League’.

Sources suggest the Rangers defender, out of favour, was ‘annoyed’ not to be selected for the crunch match at Ibrox v the champions Hearts, and is now reportedly working his ticket out with negotiations with ES Tunis regarding a switch out of Govan.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

What of Bilel Mohsni?

When Tunisian stopper Bilel Mohsni joined Rangers, he instantly became a cult hero.

For the first three months of his time at Ibrox, his cavalier dribbling into midfield, goals, and aerial prowess drew comparisons with both Amoruso and Cuellar. He did indeed quickly become very popular indeed.

After all, Twitter immediately spawned a @mohsnifacts account, which is an indirect way of lavishing praise on anyone in the spotlight regarded as popular. It started with Chuck Norris, of course, and has covered many heroes, but in Rangers circles saw Romanian captain Dorin Goian gaining the privilege before Mohsni was drafted in.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

What a difference a win makes

With five draws in a row as Rangers’ last five results, including two under new manager Stuart McCall, hopes were on the floor for today’s clash with Hibernian.

The squad had been bereft of quality, passion, effort, endeavour or cohesion, and it is safe to say anything other than a defeat would be viewed as a bonus.

With the last three results v the Hibees being defeats to an overall score of 9-1, the Easter Road outfit went into today’s match as clear favourites and had the added motivation of stopping their city rivals Hearts winning the Championship simply by drawing or better.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Ally Buys Some Time

When it comes to backing McCoist, this blog is guilty of being as fickle as any emotional supporter. One minute it is only fair to cut him slack, the next he gets outright praised for a great run in October/November, then suddenly two bad results and he needs to leave.

This is the beauty of football, of supporting a team – you literally are only as good as your last result, and going by the Hearts and Alloa scores, he and the team were abominable.

Yesterday saw a home fourth-round tie with SPL midtable side Kilmarnock on the menu, and the pressure was certainly on McCoist to get the right selection to overcome a theoretically superior team.

The team sheet, as usual, made for grim reading. Daly was starting again after his disaster in Gorgie, while hapless Mohsni likewise retained his place at the back. Even more precarious was RB Foster’s installation on the left to cover for both Steven Smith and the injured Lee Wallace.

And yet, 90 minutes later, a comfortable 3-0 victory over the Rugby Park side showed pre-match concerns to have been totally unwarranted.

The early stages of the match were promising, if not inspirational, with the home side picking at the visitors, sizing them up, without really creating a lot. But when Nicky Law curled home yet another wonder strike on 19 minutes, it was simply plain sailing thereafter.

The much-maligned Mohsni was an absolute titan at the back for the Govan men, with Steve Simonsen rarely tested as countless clearances were made by the Tunisian international. It was his best display for a long time, and showed what a colossus he can be when he concentrates. McCulloch even got more involved than usual himself, with a fair few vital interceptions and tackles, and he deserves credit for that.

Regular readers will know I have castigated Jig endlessly for years, but I will always give credit when it is earned, and he had a decent match yesterday.

Black in midfield did his usual dirty work, the stuff which goes unnoticed, but the stuff which stops the defence being more pressed than it ends up being. Blackie, when he concentrates similarly, is a better enforcer than many fans give him credit for, but he showed up yesterday. And Law, once again, seems to have an astounding knack for wonder goals, notching two distance efforts.

The introduction of Boyd saw an always-pleasing strike from one of Ibrox’s favourite sons, especially given his current confidence levels.

Frankly McCoist got just about everything right yesterday. Foster was excellent at LB, McGregor absolutely imperious on the opposite side, and even Daly, while not sparkling, was distinctly better than last week.

Ally has bought himself a little time, but as much as he deserves heavy criticism for the things which go wrong, like last week, it is only fair to praise when things go right, and they did at Ibrox. You can use all the arguments you like about Killie not being a brilliant team, but they are still an SPL team, and that is a division above us.

For all the pressure on McCoist that his ‘job was on the line’ if he did not win, for some fans to then dismiss a victory as being against a ‘rubbish team’ (a team who apparently were not rubbish till Rangers beat them) is just blatant hypocrisy and downright unfair. You cannot dismiss the result if the opposite would have had you calling for his head.

As much as I have decried McCulloch, I have also done likewise with McCoist (as regular readers will know), but when fans will actually refuse to give any praise for a good result is just plain not on.

See what I mean about fickle?