Ian Holloway has issued a scathing verdict of Bilel Mohsni and claimed he should never have signed him for Grimsby.

The former Rangers and Dundee United defender arrived to much fanfare with the charismatic Mariners boss comparing his summer signing to Liverpool behemoth Virgil van Dijk.

But Mohsni has struggled mightily in League Two and Holloway claimed over the weekend that the Tunisia international was on the way out.

Holloway said: “He didn’t make it because I’ve got some standards I want to keep to, and I shouldn’t have signed him.

“I got that wrong, so I’ve let him go and I want to help him try and get somewhere else if I can.

“The situation is, he’s got a contract, and as far as I know, it hasn’t been sorted out between the club and him.”

But the plot thickened after Mohsni headed to social media as he denied his time was Grimsby was up.

And that forced Holloway into a U-turn and revealed the 33-year-old was back with the club on Monday morning.

He added: “We did agree, I’ve told the board that I’m trying to make way for January and I’ve got some senior players that I won’t be keeping next summer, and I feel I need to tell them that now so that in this Covid situation they can get ready and get their agents on the fact that, because there’s lots of people out of work, they might be able to get set up.

“If the club can then do a deal to get them out of that contract, they might find other employment, and we might get out of that contract so I can bring some other people in.

“I don’t deal with that, that’s not my gambit. What I’ve said is I can do without those because I need to do this.

“I was told one minute by John Fenty that was agreed, and the next minute it wasn’t agreed. As far as I’m concerned, I think Ludvig is agreed and his is sorted, and I’m not sure about Mohsni’s, he was in training this morning.”

Mohsni has enjoyed a colourful career and spent two years with Rangers before his Ibrox career ended in disgrace after he punched Lee Erwin in 2015.

He returned north of the border for a brief spell with Dundee United before he departed Tannadice after only 10 appearances.