Paul Stuart

23 Feb 19
The Scottish Sun
BILEL MOHSNI played for Rangers, Southend United, Ipswich Town and Dundee United. He tells SunSport about Ally McCoist getting his backside battered with 20 balls, how Lee McCulloch’s French-speaking went and Csaba Laszlo’s plan to kill him. Mohsni ended his Gers career in madness Mohsni also recounts what happened at Motherwell in his final Gers game and wonders how his career would’ve gone had he joined West Ham. ALLY. Tell us a story about your old Rangers gaffer? I always remember the day when we played the shooting drill and the loser had to take his shorts down. Ally joined in and he kept missing so in the end he had 20 players hitting the ball off his bare bum. By the time it was my turn I couldn’t get any power because I was laughing so much. BOWLED OVER. Has anything left you completely shocked? Lee McCulloch speaking French. When I arrived at Rangers he made the effort to speak in French to me. He was absolutely useless at it — but I appreciated it. A great guy. Mohsni during his time at Gers CAUGHT OUT. What’s the most bizarre club fine you’ve seen dished out? My friend Hamur Bouazza came to Rangers on trial but missed two flights. We were together in the airport but I lost him and he never appeared on the flight. I got to the other end and thought he’d get the next one but he missed that too. Ally McCoist told him that he if got a contract he would fine him the first month in wages. DUNDEE UNITED. Tell us a story from your spell at Tannadice? I played my first game and thought I did okay, but then my brother phoned to ask what happened because the manager was in the media saying he wanted to kill me. I had given away a goal and Csaba Laszlo went crazy in the press. I liked him though. ENGLAND. What was your time south of the border like? I barely spoke English so couldn’t understand Paul Sturrock. I remember him kicking over a board one day and shouting at us in the dressing-room, so I asked the player next to me what he was saying. He was English but just replied, ‘I’ve no idea either’. FROWN. What makes you mad? Losing. When I lose a game I can’t sleep that night, I lie in bed thinking about what I did wrong and what I could do better. GONNAE NO DAE THAT. Who has the most annoying habits? I played with a guy called Anthony Grant who was so superstitious he wouldn’t change his pants when he was playing well. It was disgusting and it almost got to the point you didn’t want him to do well because it was time for them to change. HAIRDRYER. Any spectacular manager rants? At Rangers I remember we were playing Alloa in a cup tie and I took some time at the back then dribbled past the striker. I just heard this shouting from the touchline. It was Ally McCoist, his face was bright red and all I could hear was, ‘what the f*** do you think you’re doing?’. I shouted back over to him to chill out, I had it covered — but he wasn’t amused. Mohsni with ex-Gers boss McCoist INFLUENCE. Who have you modelled yourself on? As a kid I always watched Alessandro Nesta and tried to copy him. JOKER. What’s the best wind-up you’ve been involved in? At Southend I came out of training one day and my car was missing. I walked around looking for it but there was no sign. I was away to phone the police when the person on reception said they would take care of it, they’d be able to find it by tomorrow. In the end I had to walk home and when I came back the next day, the car still wasn’t there. So I was ready to call the police again, but we had to go to training. After we finished the car was back again — the other players had nicked it and hid it round the corner. KICK IN THE TEETH. What’s your worst moment in the game? Seeing my move to West Ham fall through. I’d been allowed to go and train so Sam Allardyce wanted to sign me. In the end the Southend chairman wouldn’t agree a fee. I still wonder what would have happened if that had gone through. LIAR. What is the biggest whopper you’ve heard told? My colleague at the national team Saber Khalifa got a hair weave but has denied it. Everyone has been able to see the pictures of him before and after but he is adamant it has grown back naturally. MOTHERWELL. What really happened that day? I went on with the game already gone and I just wanted it finished so we could go on holiday and start thinking about next season. Lee Erwin kicked me a few times and said things about my family, so afterwards I didn’t shake his hand and he struck me. I retaliated because I am not the kind of person to run away. Stuart McCall hadn’t been good with me and it was the end of my Rangers career. Mohsni is led off the Fir Park pitch NIAGARA FALLS. Where is your favourite holiday destination? I love travelling and the best place I have been is Malaysia. Some of the small islands there are paradise. OOPS. Any major regrets? Reacting the way I did at Motherwell. As soon as I did it I knew it was wrong. Not because I retaliated, because I think I had the right to stand up for myself, but when you are a footballer you have responsibility. PARIS. What’s the best thing about your home city? The architecture and the lights. There are few things better than buying a crepe while you’re walking around Paris looking at the historic buildings. QUIVERING WRECK. Most nerve-wracking moment? I don’t get nervous about football. I always think the better the game I play in and the better the opponent, the better I’m likely to play. RANGERS. Sum up your time at Ibrox? I loved being at Rangers but just wish we could have got promoted that season we missed out in the play-offs. Obviously the way things ended for me there wasn’t good, but it’s a time in my life I’ll always look back on fondly. STURROCK. What was Luggy like to work for? He was brilliant. He made a huge effort and in the end I felt like one of his family. He would tell me that he was making dinner so I had to come round. I’d go to his house and making me feel so welcome helped me settle. TERRIBLE. What was your worst performance? I was at Ipswich when Mick McCarthy came in as manager. In the first friendly game we had I knew I had to go out and impress him because I was only on a short-term contract. But I couldn’t do anything right, I couldn’t head, tackle or pass. After that day I’m pretty sure he was thinking, ‘Who the hell is this guy? He’s rubbish’. [article-rail-curated title=”Related Stories” selected_posts=”3917983,3917954,3917283,3917343,3917562,3917377″ /] UNBELIEVABLE. Who is the best player you played with or against? Mo Salah. I played against him for Tunisia against Egypt and he’s definitely the quickest player I’ve seen. He nearly managed to catch one of his own passes. VALUABLE. What is your most treasured possession? My family and my religion. I have my parents and my brother and sister. They have always been there for me when times have been tough. WORLD CUP. How did it feel to miss out last summer? It was horrible. I played well in the two games before the squad was announced and thought I’d be in, but in the end I didn’t make it. The manager said that because I’d only played for a few months after being out for a year and a half he was worried about my fitness. He admitted he got it wrong but by then it was too late. ‘HE HATES CELTIC’ Ex-Rangers boss Stuart McCall banned green bibs and cones at training says Andy Dales X-RATED. What’s the worst injury you have seen? When I was young one of my team-mates got an injury which ended his career. He got smacked by a defender and ended up with a broken leg. The bone was sticking through the skin and I remember having tears in my eyes standing on the pitch. YOU DON’T SAY. Tell us something about yourself we don’t know. I can sleep anywhere. My family and friends joke about it but I just love my sleep. I once slept for two days solid and had everyone worried. ZZZZ. Who is the most boring person you’ve met? At Southend I played with a guy called Ryan Hall who was decent but he loved to talk about it. Every Monday you had to listen to him going through everything he did and how good his left foot was. Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers from Scottish football plus fixtures, results and live match commentary  [bc_video video_id=”6005923637001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Stricken Rangers hero Fernando Ricksen has fans in stitches at fundraiser event for MND charity”]
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