Rangers defender Bilel Mohsni explains why he is now 'very happy' under Stuart McCall

Rangers centre back Bilel Mohsni is delighted to be back in the first-team.

Rangers defender Bilel Mohsni has told the club's official website that he's happy to be back in the starting line-up under new manager Stuart McCall.

Mohsni, 27, made his name with Southend United and Ipswich Town before his 2013 move to Rangers, with the giant Tunisian arriving after an impressive spell in English football.

Moshni played 34 games for Rangers last season, scoring 11 goals, but the arrivals of Darren McGregor and Marius Zaliukas in defence pushed him down the pecking order at the back.

The French-born Tunisia international featured in just six games from the end of September to Stuart McCall's appointment in March, missing out either though poor performance or having been out on international duty with Tunisia at the Africa Cup of Nations.

With McCall now in charge at Ibrox, Mohsni has been recalled to the Rangers side, starting the last two games under the new manager - both of which have ended in victories for Rangers.

Scottish Championship winners Hearts now visit Ibrox this weekend, and Mohsni has admitted to the Rangers official website ahead of that game that he's very happy to have earned a first-team recall under McCall - and that he had missed playing during his time on the sidelines.

"I'm happy to be back in the team because I had been missing playing and I wanted to show that I can be part of the team, not just on the bench or in the stand," said Mohsni.

"I wanted to be involved in the starting eleven and I've been trying my best to do the maximum I can to help the team to win games and not to lose goals. It's very positive for me to be back in the squad and I'm very happy because I don’t enjoy not playing," he added.

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