My first impression of Bilel Mohsni’s late equaliser for Rangers against Albion Rovers was that it was a foul on the keeper.
However, after watching it several times now on television, I think the goal should stand.
For one clear reason, which I will get to.
Yes, Mohsni bundled the Rovers keeper into the back of the net. Yes, he jumped at speed and his trajectory took him straight into the goalie.
But the goal should stand for the simple reason the Frenchman headed the ball prior to any contact with Neil Parry. This means that Mohsni got to the ball first and did not impede the keeper in flight.
I accept for Rovers it is a harsh decision to take and that some refs would have disallowed the goal.
But the goal, to me, was legal.
Unlike the performance of the Rangers team, which was criminal.
I have seen many dire performances by those wearing the Light Blue but don’t remember one so lacklustre and poor. Yesterday’s game was the last straw for many Rangers fans. The team has certainly run away with League One but that is not the benchmark for Rangers’ sides.
As I have mentioned before on this blog, the climb up the divisions was an ideal opportunity to inculcate a philosophy and develop a style of play that would typify a new era for Rangers. That opportunity is lost and instead this period has been marked with easily the worst footballing performances in the club’s long history.
Part of the embarrassment comes from the fact that half of the Albion Rovers team were hirpling around with cramp but even then Rangers could not penetrate the defence.
When anger, disappointment and depression are all fighting within you to see which will be the predominant emotion watching your team play, there is something far wrong.
The goal Rangers conceded yesterday highlighted that we have a shakier defence than Oscar Pistorius. I wonder if Big Jig is claiming an assist for his stats.
Sadly, there really is nothing to laugh about when you see the team reach new lows in terms of performance and status.