Mohsni takes the ban out of banter at Rangers

RANGERS centre-half Bilel Mohsni today insisted he can cope with the abuse he receives from opposition supporters.

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Bilel Mohsni says he enjoys the interaction with away fans
Bilel Mohsni says he enjoys the interaction with away fans

Mohsni has established himself as a firm favourite with Light Blues followers since signing for the Ibrox club last summer.

He has missed only one league game - through suspension - and has netted eight goals in all competitions.

But the French-Tunisian defender has also shown that there is another side to his character.

The 26-year-old has allowed himself to get caught up in heated exchanges with fans of rivals clubs at times during the 2013/14 campaign.

And he was also ordered off after the 1-0 win over Airdrie in December after becoming embroiled in a fracas with opposing players and their manager.

Mohsni, though, has revealed he enjoys interacting with the crowd and is in no danger of getting into disciplinary bother.

He said: "Fans try to wind me up - but I try to do the same thing to them!

"I never swear, I just laugh and smile. If I am going to say something it will come back to me. So I never say something.

"I just do it in a nice way. I say nothing bad. The manager knows I will not do anything. If I do I get banned or something.

"I will maybe just do a little bit of a celebration when we score in front of their fans, but that's it."

Mohsni, who played for Southend United and Ipswich Town before moving to Ibrox last year, says he is enjoying playing in front of full houses in Glasgow.

He said: "I think the crowds at Rangers are very good. They sing all the time.

"All of my friends who come and watch me from France they notice a big difference. They tell me when they come to the stadium they see all the crowd singing for the whole game. In France you don't get this.

"When I come on the pitch and I am focused on the game, I don't listen too much.

"I am trying to concentrate. But sometimes during a break, if there is a throw-in or a substitute, I listen and think this is unbelievable."

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