Leeds United: Whites target Erwin caught up in Rangers storm

FLASHPOINT: Leeds United target Lee Erwin, of Motherwell, left, clashes with Rangers defender Bilel Mohsni. Picture by Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.
FLASHPOINT: Leeds United target Lee Erwin, of Motherwell, left, clashes with Rangers defender Bilel Mohsni. Picture by Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.
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LEEDS UNITED transfer target and Motherwell striker Lee Erwin labelled Rangers defender Bilel Mohsni an embarrassment to the Ibrox club after their incredible Fir Park melee on Sunday.

The Well playmaker reacted angrily when Mohsni snubbed his offer of a handshake seconds after the Lanarkshire club sealed a 6-1 aggregate win in their Scottish Premiership play-off final.

But after pushing the Tunisian, Erwin was subjected to a flurry of kicks and punches as Mohsni heaped shame on his club.

Both players were later sent off by referee Craig Thomson alongside unused Motherwell substitute Fraser Kerr, but it was a disgraceful end to Rangers’ promotion bid.

And Erwin rubbed salt into Light Blue wounds as he mocked Mohsni and the rest of his team-mates during a live TV interview.

The 21-year-old said: “I grew up supporting Rangers as a young boy ... but Rangers can wait their turn.

“I tried to shake [Mohsni’s] hand and wish him all the best and he told me to ‘eff off’. I pushed him and he reacted badly. A player at a club like that, at that level, should not be acting like that. It’s embarrassing for him and the club. I wish him all the best.

“We battered them, battered them. We were a class above them.”

Erwin is wanted by Leeds and his representatives are understood to have held talks with United owner Massimo Cellino last week.

Erwin – a 6’2” centre forward – is out of contract at the end of this month but Motherwell have offered him a new deal and Leeds would be required to pay a fee for him due to his age.

The Glasgow-born youngster came through the academy at Fir Park and has been capped by Scotland at Under-19 level.

Motherwell have been fighting to keep Erwin and speaking earlier this month, manager Ian Baraclough said: “We’ve spoken to him. He’s been at the club a long time and we want to keep him here. He wants to stay, he knows he is better off here playing his football. Lee is getting a regular run of games and is scoring goals, he is a real handful. If someone wants to come and take him it will take a lot of money.”

Motherwell were expected to struggle against a battle-hardened Gers side who had fought their way past Queen of the South and Hibernian to reach the final.

They produced a pair of stunning displays to win home and away against Stuart McCall’s side, however, as they they kept their three-decade long run in Scotland’s top division safe.

But Baraclough admitted he is disappointed to see his team’s displays put in the shade by the post-match madness.

He said: “Everyone connected with us made sure these two games where the biggest of our lives.

“We executed our plan perfectly, took our chances and made sure we are in the top division.

“Hopefully the stuff at the end won’t overshadow the win because it was 10 seconds of madness that has no place in this sport whatsoever.

“The two teams went at it hammer and tongs, there were chances in both ends in both games.

“It was a pulsating game to watch for any neutral but if the back pages are full of two or three people brawling then that’s the wrong message to send out for Scottish football.”

Baraclough has promised more changes next season, adding: “We’ve got some important meetings over the next couple of days and invariably players will be moving on.”