Rangers keeper Bell reveals turning point in title run

CAMMY BELL trudged disconsolately off the sodden turf convinced that Rangers were about to suffer their first league defeat of the season.

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Cammy Bell holding the SPFL League One trophy with his daughter
Cammy Bell holding the SPFL League One trophy with his daughter

The goalkeeper had been unable to prevent Brechin from scoring three times in a catastrophic first half.

And, with torrential rain lashing both sets of players and large puddles forming on the Glebe Park pitch, he could see no way back.

But 45 minutes later he was celebrating with his Gers team-mates as a late winner from substitute Nicky Clark snatched a dramatic 4-3 triumph.

As Bell looked ahead to the final SPFL League One game of the season, he pinpointed that memorable outing back in October as being crucial in their unbeaten run.

"There have been a lot of tough games and a few moments when I thought we would be unable to keep our unbeaten run going," he admitted.

"That game against Brechin, when we were 3-1 down at half-time, was definitely one of them. It wasn't looking good for us at all that day.

"But that was a real turning point in our season. I think it made a lot of people realise we had a bit of character, a bit of fight, about us.

"Despite what some people think about this league and the teams which play in it we have had some really tough games along the way this season.

"Whenever any team plays us, whether it is at their own ground or at Ibrox, it is their cup final and all their players are really up for it.

"And there are a lot of good players in this division. A lot of them have been at full-time clubs in the top flight, have been released and have dropped down."

Bell added: "Dunfermline will certainly be difficult opponents to beat at East End Park this weekend in our last match of the season.

"They are the second-placed side in the division and every time we have played them it has been a tough game.

"Some of the scorelines may not suggest that but, believe me, they have been difficult opponents.

"I am sure that they will be keen to get a win before they go into the play-offs and will be giving it their all. But so will we. Yes, we picked up the League One trophy last weekend after the game against Stranraer.

"But this has been a normal week for us in training.

"We have been working hard this week to make sure we can go the entire league season unbeaten.

"We also want to pick up three points and add to our points tally and score more goals to add to our goals tally."

Bell had laughed off suggestions that Rangers, who he joined from Kilmarnock on a free transfer last summer, could go the entire season undefeated in the third tier.

But as the 2013/14 campaign has progressed, as Ally McCoist's side have survived scares and ground out wins, the prospect has steadily increased.

The Light Blues have only dropped points in two matches - against Stranraer at Ibrox in December and against Stenhousemuir at Ibrox in February.

THE 27-year-old admitted he would love to achieve the feat with a final victory over Jim Jefferies' promotion chasers through in Fife this weekend.

He said: "A few people mentioned it when I first came to the club, but, to be honest, I didn't really give it a second thought.

"But as the season has gone on and we have managed not to lose a game it has been at the back of my mind. In the last month it has become a definite possibility.

"It was good to be presented with the trophy, but we're all still working hard. We're determined to keep our unbeaten run going."

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