Dundee United manager Csaba Laszlo claimed he wanted to “kill” Bilel Mohsni following the defender’s debut against Dunfermline.
Laszlo was exasperated by Mohsni’s failure to stop Kallum Higginbotham breaking forward before Nicky Clark’s opener in a 1-1 Ladbrokes Championship draw and told him to rediscover his “nasty” edge.
The former Rangers player backed off as Higginbotham broke from well inside his own half before releasing the overlapping Ryan Williamson on the edge of the United box seconds before Clark tapped home.
Laszlo was frustrated that Mohsni did not live up to his hard-man image, which was cemented when he punched then-Motherwell striker Lee Erwin after his final game for Rangers in May 2015.
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Scott McDonald equalised moments later when a clearance cannoned off his leg into the net and the United boss felt Mohsni owed the striker.
Laszlo told his club’s Arabzone service: “With all respect to Mohsni, I want to kill him. Honestly, I want to kill him.
“It’s so easy, you cannot lose a one-against-one situation and give a goal. And then after you are again struggling and you again (let someone) run behind.
“This made me crazy and for this reason I need more attention, especially in defence. You cannot play here like (Diego) Maradona, (Lionel) Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, you must play nasty and this is what I want from Bilel.
“He must be just Bilel who was at Rangers without red cards and punching somebody. I want a nasty Bilel who talks and works and leads other people.
“He has international experience, he has Championship experience, so he has to give something for us. He will be punished, 100 per cent.”
Laszlo added: “Mohsni can go and buy Scott McDonald a bottle of red wine, because he made a huge effort to score the goal. It was a losing ball, he forced the mistake. This is the energy I want from Mohsni.”