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Mohsni urged to calm down

Rangers boss Ally McCoist hailed match-winner Bilel Mohsni but admitted after the 2-1 victory over Ayr United that his hardest task was ensuring the centre-back does not lose the plot every week.

The former Southend defender was involved in an angry touchline spat with United boss Mark Roberts midway through the first half.

Mohsni faked to throw the ball at Roberts, who responded by kicking the ball back at the 26-year-old before a quiet word from referee Iain Brines calmed flaring tempers.

"He got involved with Mark and we do need to rein him in a bit at times," admitted McCoist.

"I don't know if highly strung is the right word, but it was the same with Majid Bougherra and El-Hadji Diouf - there was a very thin line.

"We try to calm him down but away from the park he is a sensational boy with the fans and the kids. He is a real pleasure.

"But a lot of people said to us he is perhaps not the hardest to wind up. If we can calm him down a wee bit and keep his goal return we will certainly be pleased with him."

Mohsni headed Rangers ahead from a corner and then cancelled out Alan Forrest's equaliser by scoring the winner to take his tally to 12 for the season.

McCoist added: "He is a box of tricks is our Bilel. He has come up with some very important goals and we have to be thankful for that.

"It's a fantastic return for a centre-back. When we brought him in from Southend at the start of the season, we knew his capabilities of scoring goals."

Roberts felt his side deserved more than a point but played down the Mohsni row.

"I couldn't understand a word he was saying, to be honest with you," he said.

"He kept throwing the ball at me. I thought we were playing basketball. I just gave him the ball back and he couldn't catch it.

"He had the last laugh, I suppose."