Dundee United manager Csaba Laszlo admits emotions were running high when he claimed he wanted to “kill” new signing Bilel Mohsni.
The Tannadice boss was left furious when Mohsni failed to stop Kallum Higginbotham breaking forward in the lead-up to Nicky Clark’s opener during his stuttering side’s 1-1 Ladbrokes Championship draw with Dunfermline on Saturday.
But he raised eyebrows with his bizarre outburst after the match during an interview with the club’s Arabzone service as he blasted the former Rangers defender for failing to live up to his hard-man image.
“With all respect to Mohsni, I want to kill him. Honestly, I want to kill him,” he said before adding. “He will be punished, 100 per cent.”
But now Laszlo says he is keeping his fingers crossed that the Tunisia international can help keep United’s play-off bid alive as they prepare to face Inverness on tonight.
The Hungarian – who confirmed defender Tam Scobbie will sit out their Highlands trip with a hamstring injury suffered against the Pars – said: “Sometimes you have emotions and I was definitely angry about it.
“We made the same mistake we had made against Dunfermline in a previous game. Fraser Fyvie ran 35 yards but didn’t press the opponent enough and it led to a penalty or maybe a goal.
“In this game, Mohsni ran from the half-way line until nearly the 18-yard box but he didn’t press him, he didn’t push him.
“For a player like Mohsni who has huge experience, I just wish he had made a completely different decision.
“But he is still alive and I hope he will help us in the next games.”
United have won just once in their last seven games but victory over the newly-crowned Irn Bru Cup winners will open up a five-point cushion as they look to hold onto the fourth and final play-off slot.
Leaders St Mirren are also in action as they host Dumbarton.
With just 11 points required to seal the title, Jack Ross’ men can take another huge step towards reclaiming the Buddies’ top-flight status if they can heap yet more misery on the Sons following their defeat to Caley Thistle in Saturday’s Challenge Cup decider at McDiarmid Park.