Rangers keeper Bell is confident he can still play a part in Gordon's plan

RANGERS keeper Cammy Bell today insisted he can force his way back into the Scotland set-up - despite playing against part-time clubs in SPFL League One.

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A recall to Gordon Strachan's Scotland squad would bring a smile to Cammy Bell's face
A recall to Gordon Strachan's Scotland squad would bring a smile to Cammy Bell's face

Bell has been in sensational form for the Ibrox club in recent weeks as they have edged ever closer to clinching the third-tier title.

And many of the 27-year-old's team-mates want him to be recalled by his country as a result of his outstanding displays.

He was involved with the national squad when he was a player at Kilmarnock and was capped in a friendly against the Faroe Islands four years ago.

But since clinching his dream move to Rangers last summer and dropping down two divisions he has not featured in any of Gordon Strachan's squads.

Strachan has some outstanding goalies to choose from with Allan McGregor and David Marshall both playing superbly in the Barclays Premier League for Hull City and Cardiff City respectively.

But Bell has revealed that he still has ambitions to play for Scotland and believes he can realise them at his current club.

He said: "I definitely think that getting into the Scotland set-up is a realistic objective for me.

"No matter where I was playing my football, I would be aiming to try and force my way into the national squad.

"But obviously I am at Rangers just now and it is a massive club. I see no reason why I would be disregarded by the Scotland manager."

Rangers left-back Lee Wallace has been brought back into the Scotland squad this season and has been involved in two games.

He came on in the World Cup qualifier against Macedonia and also took part in the friendly against the United States last year.

Bell, who was last involved in the national set-up two years ago, has admitted the defender's success has given him hope.

He said: "Lee has been recalled to the squad by Gordon Srtrachan this season despite playing in the third tier, so it shows that it can be done.

"Lee getting into the national set-up and playing in games, including a World Cup qualifier, has given me great confidence that I can do the same and get in the squad."

Bell added: "I know the goalkeeping situation at the moment is great with Allan McGregor and David Marshall both playing extremely well for their clubs in the top flight down in England.

"There are some great goalkeepers in the squad at the moment and there is some tough competition to get one of the places.

"But all I can do is keep trying to perform as well as I can for Rangers in matches and put myself out there.

"Hopefully, Gordon will consider me and give me the chance to train with him and work with my country."

Despite some unconvincing performances in recent weeks, Rangers have still not lost a single game in League One in the 2013/14 campaign.

They have won 25 and drawn just two of the 27 matches they have played in the third tier so far and are 24 points clear of their nearest rivals at the top of the table.

Bell has played an important part in the success Ally McCoist's side has enjoyed and has kept 17 clean sheets in all competitions.

He feels that he has developed enormously as a keeper this season playing for a team that, more often than not, dominates matches.

The pressure he is under to perform on a weekly basis playing in front of thousands of fans in often sold-out stadiums has also improved him.

And Bell has also paid a glowing tribute to Rangers goalkeeping coach Jim Stewart for the work he has done on his game at Murray Park.

Bell said: "I have definitely developed as a player since I have joined Rangers. I am a much better goalkeeper than I was last year.

"I have been working with another goalkeeping coach in Jim Stewart - who I have worked with at Scotland before - and he has brought my game on enormously as well.

"It has been a great experience at Rangers. I have learned different things from different players as well. We have experienced players here who you can pick up things from.

"Lee McCulloch, for example, has been a big help to me. I have picked up an enormous amount from training and playing alongside him this season.

"I know it will be difficult for me to get back into the Scotland squad, but I believe that I can do it and will keep working hard to achieve that goal."

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