18 July 2014

Stick with Mohsni - for now

by Jamie Currie | Guest Contributor

Bilel Mohsni - a player that certainly splits the Rangers support.

He has been under bigger scrutiny since the club has reportedly rejected a bid for his services from UAE-based outfit Baniyas Sports Club, with many fans more than happy for the club to cash in. 

In the current times of financial uncertainty at the club, of course, every player not only at Rangers but also in world football has their price; Moshni is no different. In fact, it’s fair to say that this is the season on which to make a proper judgement on the French-Tunisian.

Similar to that of Nicky Law and the vast majority of the squad, his performances for the first five months in a Rangers shirt were very good, looking solid at the back being able to bring the ball out of the defensive third and start attacks, even contributing in the goalscoring stakes, with ten. After the turn of the year the performance levels dropped considerably, not only from Mohsni but the team as a whole. 

The defence was a particular weak point in the cup defeats to both Dundee United and Raith Rovers. You could point the finger of blame at the 26-year-old for the Raith Rovers goal, but in the Dundee United match and beyond, it didn’t help that he seemed to be a one-man band in the supposed defensive partnership – with Lee McCulloch who quite frankly is anything but a defender if truth be told.

With the new additions in the defensive department of Darren McGregor and Marius Zaliukas, who will no doubt be battling alongside him for the starting shirt come the Challenge Cup match against Hibs, we need to see that composed, assured Bilel Mohsni of last September. He recently was selected for Tunisia’s friendlies over the summer against Korea Republic and Belgium completing 90 minutes in both games – and by all accounts performing very well. He will know himself; the only way to keep being selected by Georges Leekens is to perform well for Rangers.

Whatever way Ally wishes to line up next season, Mohsni will certainly be a cornerstone along with Lee Wallace. No disrespect intended to the likes of Airdrie and Stranraer, but clearly the attacking threat posed by the likes of Falkirk, Hearts and Hibs will be much greater and concentration levels will be at an all-time high from Mohsni and the rest of the defensive unit. Only then, against full-time opposition week in, week out will we really find out what Bilel is made of.

It’s the old adage; will he sink, or swim? I think it’s worth seeing the season out, and finding out whether he is the real deal or just a budget version of Madjid Bougherra.

I can only see it going two ways. I hope for the big man himself, and the club he progresses and becomes the player we know that’s inside him. He is certainly enjoying his time at the club and would be a massive asset – if and only, he can shake his enigmatic tag, settle down and become a leader of this Rangers defence.

With less than 12 months left on his current deal, even if he proves himself the decision whether he is allowed to extend his stay at Ibrox may well be out with his control.

1 comment:

  1. It's interesting that all elected members of the so-called fans board will be selected from only season-ticket holders and club members.

    In other words, if you want a say, then give us your money.


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