Mohsni targets Rangers triple crown

RANGERS may have lost their 100% record in SPFL League One after succumbing to a 1-1 draw with Stranraer at Ibrox on Boxing Day.

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Bilel Mohsni would love to end the season ahead of skipper Lee McCulloch in scoring charts
Bilel Mohsni would love to end the season ahead of skipper Lee McCulloch in scoring charts

But Bilel Mohsni still wants his side to go on a winning run over the New Year period - starting against Dunfermline tonight.

For he believes Ally McCoist's side can take a huge stride towards finally sewing up the title with three consecutive victories.

The Light Blues square up to second-placed Pars at East End Park in a live televised clash this evening. Then on Thursday they travel to New Broomfield - where they won 6-0 back in August - to play Airdrie. On Sunday they return to Ochilview to play their re-arranged game against Stenhousemuir.

Despite dropping two points in midweek, Rangers are still nine points clear of their nearest rivals with a game in hand.

Mohsni thinks they can build up an unassailable lead over their challengers by picking up maximum points from their forthcoming matches.

"This time of the season is always important because you play so many games in a short space of time," he said.

"If we could win every game in the next week it would be fantastic for the club.

"Every game will be different. They are, too, all away from home for us. Winning all the games will be a challenge.

"We will have to concentrate on each game individually as each team is different. But winning all of them would put us in a great position.

"We already have a good lead at the top of the table. But it would obviously be good to stretch that over the coming week."

Mohsni, though, knows that Rangers will have to defend far better than they did against Stranraer to collect nine points from their next three games.

Gers manager McCoist admitted he was "upset" at the quality of play that led to Jamie Longworth netting in stoppage time. It was only the eighth goal the club had conceded in 16 games and only the third they had let in at home.

But Mohsni and his team- mates pride themselves on their ability to keep clean sheets and the end to the Boxing Day match still rankles.

He said: "I am in the team to stop other teams scoring goals. Yes, I have scored a few goals and have enjoyed helping the team out in that way.

"But my job is to defend. I want to help the side keep a clean sheet every time I take to the field. We have been successful in doing that this season.

"Whenever you fail to do that you have to look at the reasons why and try to make sure it does not happen again. That is what we will be trying to do in the games we have coming up.

"We were certainly successful after we lost three goals in the first half against Brechin earlier this season. We went three games without letting in a single goal.

"Hopefully we can do the same in the games that we have coming up because we were all very disappointed at the way that the game against Stranraer finished."

Mohsni, who has become a firm fans' favourite since joining on a free transfer in the summer, is not the only centre-half who can score goals at Ibrox.

Lee McCulloch, his partner in the heart of the Gers rearguard, took his tally for the campaign to 12 with a well-taken penalty in the game against Stranraer.

The French-Tunisian defender, who has netted eight times himself this term, would like to finish the season ahead of his captain in the scoring charts.

He said: "From the day I joined the club I could see that Lee liked to get forward and try to score goals. I was happy because I also like to play like this when I can.

"As I say, my priority in the team is to defend. But I also like to score goals if the game allows me to get forward and do that. I have scored a few goals myself this season.

"Lee and I are quite close in the number of goals that we have scored. It would be good if I could finish above him. But I need to get a few to be able to do that."

But Mohsni accepts he has no chance of catching runaway leader Jon Daly as the former Dundee United player has slotted 18 in all competitions in the first half of the season.

He said: "I have been very impressed with how Jon has played. He is outstanding in the air and gets a lot of goals that way.

"I think having a player like him in the team helps us as he gives defenders a very difficult time indeed. I know this because I have played against him in training.

"He has nearly scored 20 goals already. I am sure he will get many more between now and the end of the season."

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