BILEL Mohsni scored the goal on which Rangers’ entire season, and possibly Ally McCoist’s management career, could pivot.
Yet the defender, thrown into attack in desperation as his team trailed 1-0 against Albion Rovers in their home Scottish Cup quarter-final last month, sees his equaliser in more prosaic terms.
“I don’t think it changed things,” says the Frenchman. “When you are out there on the pitch, every player needs to score goals. Every player can score goals, the one who does is the lucky one – it was just that this time I was the lucky one. I don’t think I saved Ally McCoist’s job or anything.”
Mohsni certainly helped save the end of the season for his club, though. The League One winners may be able to double their silverware haul courtesy of the Ramsdens Cup final against Raith Rovers this afternoon, but their most eagerly anticipated game of the season arrives next weekend. And that encounter, the Scottish Cup semi-final against Dundee United next Saturday, was earned through the 26-year-old helping secure a replay against Albion that was comfortably negotiated.
The former Southend player agrees he is gearing up for his biggest week since joining the club last summer. And he would have no qualms about being pressed into action as an emergency striker again if circumstances demanded.
“I was shocked it happened as I was thinking it was going to be Lee McCulloch, because that is one of his positions When I came here, I knew I wasn’t going to play any position other than centre back. I thought that was funny, because I remember the first time at Southend when I was asked to go up… I was a substitute then I came on, but as a striker, rather than a defender. But I scored and I was delighted.”