McCoist: Players have to handle League One aggro

ALLY McCOIST today warned his Rangers players they must learn how to deal with the roughhouse tactics of their SPFL League One rivals.

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Rangers' Bilel Mohsni makes his feelings known at the end of last night's game with Airdrie
Rangers' Bilel Mohsni makes his feelings known at the end of last night's game with Airdrie

McCoist was disappointed that Ian Black and Bilel Mohsni both picked up suspensions in the hard-fought 1-0 win over Airdrie yesterday at the Excelsior Stadium.

Gers midfielder Black was yellow-carded for retaliating to a foul by Jamie Bain and has now gone over the disciplinary points threshold for the season. Light Blues defender Mohsni received a second yellow after the game for reacting to tackles by Gary Bollan's players.

The French-Tunisian centre-half will be

suspended for the rescheduled league game with Stenhousmuir at Ochilview on Sunday.

McCoist, whose side stayed 14 points clear at the top of the table, said the stadium atmosphere was not suitable for "women and children".

But he doesn't want more bans, and said: "It is something we are just going to have to handle.

"There was an attitude around East End Park and there was an attitude around the stadium yesterday which I don't think is a good attitude for women and children to be involved in at a football game.

"But if we are going to have to handle it that way we are going to have to handle it that way. I am not complaining.

"I am a big enough boy and have been around Scottish football enough to know the opposition aren't going to open the door and let you trample all over them."

The referee had told him Mohsni's second

yellow was for taking an aggressive manner.

"I am disappointed. It could have been avoided," he said, "but he is an

emotional player.

"There are a lot of things in his game that are different to Scottish guys. We will sit down in the next couple of days and have a chat."

Black started the

season well in terms of discipline, but McCoist said: "It has gone a little bit and needless bookings are obviously a disappointment as they can come back to haunt you.

"But I am not going to let anything take the shine off a good three points at a tough venue. I think my team deserved to win the game."

Meanwhile, McCoist confirmed he will hold talks with Rangers chief executive Graham

Wallace next week about possible signings this month.

"He said: "He comes back this weekend and we will sit down and have a chat and obviously we'll discuss the situation and then see how we're placed."

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