Scottish Premier League

Lennon: Fans must respect rules

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Fri, 26 Jul 2013 18:13:00

Former Southend centre-half Bilel Mohsni has become the eighth new addition to Ally McCoist's Rangers squad this summer.

The 26-year-old agreed a two-year deal and will be registered on September 1 when the club's embargo is lifted.

The French-Tunisian spent time with McCoist's squad in Brora and in Germany this summer and impressed the Ibrox coaching team sufficiently to earn a contract.

He joined Jon Daly, Nicky Clark, Nicky Law, Steven Smith, Richard Foster, Arnold Peralta and Cameron Bell as new faces in the Light Blues group.

Mohsni will not be eligible to feature until the transfer embargo ends but will continue to train with the squad in the interim ahead of the club's Scottish Second Division campaign.

He said: "I'm very happy to sign for Rangers. I have agreed for two years and I think it is a chance to prove that I can play in the top league and be a part of the squad.

"It would be amazing to be one of the players who help Rangers back to where

Rangers belongs.

"It's a great squad with a great atmosphere so I've enjoyed it a lot because all of the players welcomed me very quickly.

"I felt like part of the squad from the first day so I've very happy to sign

and stay with that team.

"Sometimes when you feel happy like that you play better and I felt that way

from the first day so maybe that helped me decide to stay."

The 25-year-old right-back joins the Bluebirds in a deal believed to be around £1.5m and will link up with the squad ahead of Saturday's pre-season friendly at Cheltenham Town.

Brayford enjoyed a successful spell at Pride Park, making 117 appearances for County, and was a regular in the Rams' defence last season.

But he admits the move to Cardiff was too good to turn down and is relishing the challenge of playing in the Premier League.

Brayford told the club's official website: "When I heard Cardiff were interested in signing me then I was obviously very interested, especially at the prospect of playing in the Premier League and testing myself at the highest level.

"Derby will always be a special club to me, but this was an opportunity I couldn't ignore."

Celtic face disciplinary action after fans were accused of letting off fireworks during the Champions League visit of Cliftonville on Wednesday, less than 18 months after being fined over a similar offence during a Europa League tie against Udinese in Italy.

The club responded with a strong statement warning that numerous safety issues might prompt them to close section 111 of Celtic Park, which houses the Green Brigade fans group.

And Lennon today appealed to the supporters to provide backing within the stadium guidelines.

"It's disappointing and it's not for the first time," Lennon said of the UEFA charge.

"Our motivation on this is health and safety - the safety of supporters.

"People look as though they enjoy themselves and they do add a lot to the stadium, I have been very vociferous in my support of that section in particular. But there are things they cannot do.

"We are not being over-critical but there are lines to be drawn and they can't cross them any more."

Lennon added: "I'm not a big fan of fireworks. I'm not a big fan of flares being let off in a crowded area. It doesn't do the players any good, it stops the game.

"It's just not necessary. You can still go to the game and enjoy it without having to light the place up as it were.

"They can light the place up in many ways, and they normally do that through colour and singing their songs."

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