Turf at the top for star Mohsni

BILEL MOHSNI today admitted he fears Rangers' bid to record a "Perfect Season" will come unstuck on rivals' artificial pitches.

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Bilel Mohsni with Vincent Scott, left, and Amy Provan from Lorne Primary in Govan
Bilel Mohsni with Vincent Scott, left, and Amy Provan from Lorne Primary in Govan

Mohsni helped the Gers to win their 14th game in succession in SPFL League One at Ibrox on Tuesday night with the 6-1 demolition of Forfar.

That win moved Rangers 14 points clear of nearest challengers Dunfermline at the top of the table and was their 19th consecutive victory in competitive matches - a new post-war record for the club.

But Mohsni doubts they can go the entire campaign without dropping a point. He predicted they will lose or draw ties on the plastic surfaces many of their opponents have.

Mohsni said: "We believe we can beat everyone at Ibrox. Not easily, but we can beat

them. The teams that come to play us aren't used to playing on a big pitch in front of a lot of fans.

"It is big pressure for them. But I think it is more difficult away for us.

"When you play against the likes of Forfar and Stenhousmuir their pitches are very different. It is very hard to play on them.

"When you play at Ibrox it is easier because the grass is nice, the pitch is good and the fans are all behind you.

"But when you play away it is completely

different. You aren't used to training or playing on these pitches.

"The Astroturf is very hard on the legs and you feel more pain after the game.

"We still have to try to do our jobs and win every game. It is harder but we have to try and do it."

Mohsni added: "It would be very good to do it. But the only thing we have to concentrate on is winning games.

If we do that we can do it. We have to concentrate. We just try to win every game.

"We want to win the league as quickly as we can. I don't know if players think about the record.

"We know the fans want us to win every game. We know we have big pressure.

We know every game is going to be very difficult. We know we have to play at our best level to win every game."

The centre-half admitted he had no idea Rangers had broken their post-war record for consecutive wins until McCoist told the players after the Forfar game.

He said: "I didn't know until the manager told us after the game.

"It was very good of course to be part of the history of the club. It is fantastic.

"After yesterday's game I knew the record, but before I didn't know about it.

"I think the players just have to concentrate on winning games. I think that this is the most important thing for the team.

"It would be great to go the season unbeaten but that's not what we are concentrating on, only each game as it comes."


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