Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Battling Rangers fight from behind

Bilel Mohsni has set himself a target of 20 goals this season

Rangers 3 Arbroath 2: Bilel Mohsni believes the wrong decision by match officials cost him the chance to add to his goal tally this season as well as denying Rangers a more comfortable win against Arbroath.

The centre-half has set himself an audacious target of 20 goals this term after bagging his eighth in last Monday's win at Forfar and he claims he should have been on the scoresheet again in Saturday's 3-2 victory at Ibrox.

Rangers were twice forced to fight back from behind in the Scottish League One clash and, moments after the second equaliser, Mohsni had the ball in the net when he reacted quickly to fire home the rebound after a David Templeton strike hit the post.

But his celebrations were cut short when the effort was disallowed by referee Barry Cook on the advice of his assistant, before a late Lee McCulloch penalty eventually secured the points for the Light Blues.

Mohsni said: "When Temps had the ball, I was directly looking at the centre-back near to me. I knew I was onside. The referee made a mistake but we won in the end."

Goals from David Banjo and Bobby Linn early in each half were cancelled out by Jon Daly and Templeton, before McCulloch converted from the spot to take Rangers 23 points clear at the top of the table.

Mohsni added: "I don't think it was a difficult game – we just didn't start well in the first half and the second half. After that, we played very well and kept the ball.

"On the pitch, everyone was confident we would win this game. We just needed to score.

"We missed a couple of chances and it would have been a different score if we had scored more goals."

For the second game in a row, Templeton came off the bench to have a goal-scoring impact.

Mohsni said: "This is his job. After he came on against Forfar, he did brilliantly. It was the same in this game too."

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