Rangers boss reacts to Bilel Mohsni's performance v Falkirk, offers explanation

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Kenny McDowall has been reflecting on his side's 1-1 draw with Falkirk.

Rangers boss Kenny McDowall has been reflecting on Bilel Mohsni's performance at Falkirk on Friday night, according to the club's official website.

During a 1-1 draw at Falkirk, McDowall was forced to play Mohsni at centre-back - his fifth different pairing in that position in five games - despite the fact he had only recently returned from African Cup of Nations duty with an injury.

As such, the Rangers boss has defended the 27-year-old, offering the explanation that he is short of match fitness for the poor display he produced in the Scottish Championship.

McDowall told RangersTV: "Bilel came back from the African Nations with an injury and he's not played a lot of football, so he's a little bit short of match fitness. We were forced into the changes with the injury situation and we got the point but I feel that we let ourselves down a little bit."

Mohsni was berated by both Rangers and Celtic fans alike after his much-criticised performance at Falkirk. McDowall, though, appears to want to strongly defend the Frenchman's ability and form, instead simply blaming his fitness.

In their last five games in all competitions, the Gers have won just once - and currently sit third in the Scottish Championship, four points behind second-placed Hibernian.

Rangers, however, do have three games in hand over Hibs and travel to Cowdenbeath this Saturday afternoon, before facing three games in a row at Ibrox.

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