Arguments keep Gers in with a shout

RANGERS keeper Cammy Bell today laughed off his on-field altercation with fiery centre- half Bilel Mohsni - and insisted bust-ups are good for the team.

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Cammy Bell and Bilel Mohsni clashed at Stranraer
Cammy Bell and Bilel Mohsni clashed at Stranraer

Bell and Mohsni got involved in a heated shouting match in the first half of the SPFL League One game with Stranraer at Stair Park on Tuesday night.

There was a breakdown in communication between the two over who was dealing with a dangerous through-ball by the home team just before it.

And Mohsni, who had returned to the starting line-up for the Light Blues after serving a two- match suspension, gave his team-mate a volley of abuse after clearing the danger.

However, the pair quickly made up and helped the club record a 2-0 win that maintained their 21-point lead at the top of the third tier league table.

The goalie reckons that flare-ups like the one in midweek show just how passionate the Gers players are about performing well and winning games.

Of his run-in with the 6ft 3in French-Tunisian stopper with the volatile temperament, he said: "I wasn't about to pick an argument with Bilel!

"Seriously, though, he's a good lad. We had a disagreement, but they happen between keepers and centre-backs. We just got on with it afterwards.

"We're good friends off the park. Everyone falls out with each other during matches - but that is only because we demand a lot of each other on the park.

"I think you have to demand a lot from your pals on the pitch to keep them on their toes. That's what Bilel was doing with me, which is great. I can take it on the chin and get on with it."

Speaking to highlight the closing date for the Ready to Listen fan engagement survey, Bell added: "You wouldn't want to take that fiery streak out of Bilel's character.

"He gives me a few nerves at the back sometimes, but it's just his character and the way he plays. He creates a lot of goals with his passes from the back.

"We know how good a player he is. It's just about keeping his concentration levels up and that's why I keep on at him every game. That's the main thing for me and him."

Bell made two outstanding saves in the first half of the match with Stranraer to ensure that Gers maintained the lead Lee Wallace had given them with a goal early on.

He said: "The first one I felt like I should have saved, but the second one was a wee bit better. It came at a good pace and through a few bodies.

"I managed to get a good enough hand on it and get it around the post. It was great to contribute again. We didn't play particularly well, but we got a great result against a very good team."

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